OSU basketball: Alumni team accepted into The Basketball Tournament field
STILLWATER — A team of former Oklahoma State men’s basketball stars officially have a shot at $1 million.
The Stillwater Stars — a Cowboys alumni team — will compete in the annual winner-take-all summer hoops tournament known as The Basketball Tournament from July 4-14 in Columbus, Ohio.
This summer, the tournament is completely quarantined, with players and staff all being tested for COVID-19 and quarantined in the days leading up to the games.
A positive test will result in the removal of the player and team from the tournament. Teams will be kept separate at all times in quarantine and screened regularly for COVID-19 symptoms. All participants will be tested a second time after quarantine.
The tournament also features the Elam Ending, the format that eliminates the game clock after a certain point and features teams playing to a target score.
The Stillwater Stars was formed by co-general managers Jeff Barry and Caleb Surly, both former student managers for the Cowboys. Former OSU guard Bryndon Manzer is the head coach.
The roster includes Markel Brown, Darrell Williams, Mike Cobbins, Le’Bryan Nash, Phil Forte, Thomas Dziagwa, Brian Williams, Jeffrey Carroll, Marshall Moses and Lindy Waters III.
Seeded No. 21 overall, the Stars open against No. 12-seeded Team Brotherly Love, a 2019 quarterfinalist compiled of players from the Philadelphia area. If Stillwater wins, it faces No. 5-seeded Eberlein Drive, a team formed in Michigan.
The opening round is July 4-5, with the quarterfinals and semifinals to follow July 10-11 and the championship is set for July 14. All games will be broadcasted on ESPN.