The roster for Jack Attack, the squad of Georgetown alums that will compete in this summer’s The Basketball Tournament, has been revealed!
While Hoyas such as Austin Freeman, Chris Wright, Jason Clark, Brandon Bowman and Michael Sweetney have played on separate teams previously, never before has there been a unified team of Georgetown players. The Tournament has partnered with the Big East Conference and will hold a mini-Tournament of Georgetown, St. John’s, Marquette and Seton Hall alums with the winning squad advancing into the Sweet 16 of the larger tournament. The team page for Jack Attack is RIGHT HERE. Sign up to be a supporter of the team!
Per Head Coach and General Manager Patrick Ewing, Jr., Jack Attack’s roster will comprise of the following:
Chris Wright, PG:
Wright graduated from Georgetown in 2011 and has had a successful professional career playing overseas in a number of countries including Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Turkey. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012, Wright became the first known player in NBA history to have been diagnosed with MS when he played for the Dallas Mavericks in 2013.This will be Wright’s 4th time appearing in The Basketball Tournament. In 2016 and 2017, Wright played for the City of Gods squad alongside fellow Hoya Michael Sweetney. In 2016, the City of Gods advanced to the semifinals where they were defeated by eventual champions Overseas Elite. In 2015, Wright played for DMV’s Finest along with fellow Hoyas Austin Freeman and Jason Clark.
Ewing on Wright:
Chris brings a lot of TBT experience to our team. Having played in the past he knows what it takes to be successful and to advance in the Tournament.
Austin Freeman, SG:
Freeman graduated from Georgetown in 2011. Prior to the 2010-11 season, he was named the preseason Big East Player of the Year and went on to average nearly 18 points per game. After Summer League stints with the New Orleans Hornets and Indiana Pacers, Freeman has since played overseas in Israel, Italy and most recently the Dominican Republic.
Ewing on Freeman:
Austin was one of the first players I called when I decided to make up the team. His ability to put the ball in the basket at a high level is something we will rely heavily on.
Greg Whittington, F:
Whittington played nearly two seasons for the Hoyas before being suspended in 2013. Whittington then played for the Miami Heat’s G-League affiliate the Sioux Falls Skyforce where, alongside fellow Hoya Jabril Trawick, helped them win their first ever G-League championship . After spending 2016 playing in Australia, Whittington returned to the Skyforce in 2017.
Ewing on Whittington:
Greg is someone I’m excited about coaching. His versatility both offensively and defensively make him a matchup nightmare no matter where he’s playing.
Rodney Pryor, F:
Pryor was an an All-Northeast Conference First Team selection in 2015-16 at Robert Morris and shined in his lone season as a Hoya in 2017-18. Pryor earned honorable mention All-BIG EAST honors and led Georgetown in scoring with 18.0 points per game. His 577 points this season rank No. 15 all-time for a single season at Georgetown, while his 84 3-pointers are the second-most in a single season. Pryor won the 2017 NCAA Slam Dunk Championship and after a stint with the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA Summer League, currently plays for the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the G-League.
Ewing on Pryor:
Coaching Rodney again is something I’m excited about. His game has expanded since his time on the Hilltop and he ready to show everyone that he’s not just a shooter.
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, SG:
DSR is the 5th All-Time leading scorer in Georgetown history. After graduating from Georgetown in 2016, DSR played in the NCAA All-Star Game during the Final Four, was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Portsmouth Invitational, and signed with the Chicago Bulls for training camp during which he appeared in two preseason games. DSR has since played in the G-League and most recently overseas in Greece.
Ewing on DSR:
DSR I believe is an X-factor for our team. His ability to create not only for himself but for his teammates will be a tremendous boost to our team.
Bradley Hayes, C:
Hayes graduated from Georgetown in 2017. A 7’ center, Hayes emerged on the college basketball scene during the NCAA Tournament as a junior when he scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds off the bench to help the Hoyas defeat Eastern Washington. During his senior season, Hayes started in 27 games and led Georgetown to a 79-72 victory over rival Syracuse by erupting for a career-high 21 points and eight rebounds. Hayes played overseas in Germany last season.
Ewing on Hayes:
After a year to grow his game playing abroad I’m excited to see how Brad’s game has grown. His size and strength on the inside will help us both defensively and offensively.
Brandon Bowman, F:
Bowman graduated from Georgetown in 2006 and was a preseason candidate for the Wooden Award. After declaring for the NBA draft after the 2005 season, Bowman went back to Georgetown where he closed his collegiate career averaging 11 points and 5 rebounds per game. Bowman was a crucial part of the program’s re-emergence in the national spotlight under John Thompson III, and scored 23 points while grabbing 8 rebounds during the Hoyas’ upset over the then undefeated #1 Duke Blue Devils. Bowman has played for the G-League affiliates for a number of NBA organizations and has had a successful professional career playing overseas for the last decade. He was named to the Israeli League All-Star team in 2018.
Ewing on Bowman:
There’s probably no player on the team I’m more excited about coaching then Brandon. Having been his teammate and to how he’s still able to produce at a high level against some of the best player in the world is amazing. His versatility is as much there today as it was when he was a Hoya.
Aaron Bowen, F:
Bowen graduated from Georgetown in 2015. A high-flying fan favorite, AirBow played for the Orlando Magic in the NBA Summer League and the Erie BayHawks in the NBA G-League.
Ewing on Bowen:
Aaron was one of my favorite players to watch when after I graduated. His energy is infectious and his ability to lock down pretty much anyone he guards will be a major key to our success.
Jerrelle Benimon, F:
Benimon played two seasons for the Hoyas before transferring to Towson. At Towson, he led the Tigers to the greatest single-season turnaround in NCAA history (1-31 to 18-13) while averaging 17.1 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.9 blocks per game and was named the 2012–13 CAA Player of the Year . Benimon repeated as the CAA Player of the Year as a senior and finished second in the nation in rebounding. He was a top 10 finalist for the Lou Henson Award, given to the nation’s best mid-major men’s basketball player. In 2015, Benimon was named to the All-NBA D-League first team and the All-Rookie first team, and he signed a 10-day contract with the Utah Jazz, eventually playing in two NBA games. Benimon has since played professionally overseas in China and Germany.
Ewing on Benimon:
Jerrelle I think can be the biggest mismatch in the TBT. His combination of size, strength and skill are a rare find.
Ewing on Jack Attack’s style of play, expectations for The Tournament:
I really want our guys to play at a quick pace. A lot of early offense and quick hitters. Offensively I want all of our guys to be aggressive while also playing for each other. Our defensive versatility is something I will rely heavily on as well.
Special thanks to Patrick Ewing, Jr. for sharing his thoughts on the roster, stay tuned for more updates for JACK ATTACK as The Basketball Tournament gets closer!
Press Release from The Tournament:
MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY TO HOST BIG EAST CONFERENCE FOUR-TEAM TOURNAMENT OF ALUMNI SQUADS IN THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Alumni teams from Marquette, Georgetown, Seton Hall and St John’s to Compete in the Inaugural Event, with Winner Advancing to TBT’s Super 16 for Shot at $2 Million
BOSTON – May 24, 2018 – The Basketball Tournament (TBT) – the $2 million, winner-take-all summer basketball event broadcast live on ESPN – announced today a partnership with the Big East Conference to host a four-team tournament at Marquette University, comprised of alumni teams from four Big East schools.
Alumni teams from Marquette, Georgetown, Seton Hall and St. John’s will face off at Marquette University’s Al McGuire Center June 30 and July 1, with the winner advancing to TBT’s Super 16. The Marquette team – Golden Eagles Alumni – has made it to TBT’s Round of 8 each of the past two years. Two members from last year’s team – Jamil Wilson & Dwight Buycks – went on to appear in the NBA during the 2017-18 season. The other three alumni teams are new to TBT.
“The Big East has always been synonymous with big-time college basketball, and this partnership shows how forward-thinking they are when it comes to alumni,” said Jon Mugar, Founder and CEO of TBT. “Over the past four years, our alumni teams have experienced a massive outpouring of support from athletic departments, coaches and fans, who love engaging with and supporting former student-athletes. And with this partnership, the Big East takes a leadership position in supporting these alumni as well.”
“We are extremely excited by the opportunity to host TBT at the Al McGuire Center,” Marquette Vice President & Director of Athletics Bill Scholl said. “We are looking forward to our tremendous fans filling up the arena to watch not only our former players compete, but also to support the MACC Fund.”
“I’m very excited about joining TBT,” said Jack Attack (Georgetown Alumni) GM Patrick Ewing Jr. “It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a few years and I’m excited that we’re finally getting it done, especially in a year when TBT is launching the pod format. To be able to compete against teams that were a big part of the Big East makes it that much better.”
The application period for TBT 2018 runs through June 1. Teams compete for spots in the tournament by soliciting support from fans via social, digital and all other forms of media. Applicants must be 18 or older and willing to forego their amateur status. For more information, visit the How It Works page.
Tickets for these games will go on sale to Marquette basketball season ticket members on Friday, May 25 at 10 a.m. CT. Tickets will then go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, May 28 at 10 a.m. CT.
Marquette is offering all session (all three games) or single-day tickets. All tickets are general admission. All session prices are $25 for adults, $7 for children under 12 and $7 for college students. Single-day prices are $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and $5 for college students.
For more information please call or text the Marquette Ticket Office at 414.288.4668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.