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$2 million basketball tournament in Baltimore

Posted at 11:39 PM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 23:41:33-04

This weekend some of the top ballers in the world are competing for millions of dollars in Baltimore.

The TBT basketball tournament championship is at Morgan State University.

It’s win or go home, and the last squad standing takes home $2 million.

10 percent of the winnings go to the top 201 fans of the winning team, the rest goes to the GM, Players, Boosters, and Coaches.

The final four teams of the 72-team field are competing in Baltimore.

In its fifth year, the TBT tournament draws some of the best basketball talents in the world and their fans to charm city.

“Basketball is a hotbed in Baltimore come bring a championship here we’ll turn out,” TBT CEO and Founder Jon Mugar said, “Sure enough last year we got a record attendance for our championship game and it was an easy decision to come back.”

International superstar Jimmer Fredette is the leading scorer in the tournament for Team Fredette.

“The basketball community is pretty small once you get at a pretty high level,” said Fredette. “You play and compete against those guys all over the world. It’s been a lot of fun to be able to see everybody and to be a part of this with some of my former BYU teammates as well.”

Hundreds turned out to see the stars compete in the nationally televised event.

“Seeing some of the players that I used to watch in college used to see them in the NBA get back out here and compete against each other,” said Tre Armstrong whose dad is one of the refs.

Jerome Randle played college ball at California, he plays point guard for Everlein Drive.

His team will play three-time defending champions Overseas Elite on Friday.

 “Everybody wants to play for money but we know once we get between the linesman it’s very competitive,” Randle said. “Everyone out here is trying to win a basketball game. No one wants to be embarrassed it’s about winning and obviously you get rewarded for winning.”

All the flair and ferocity you expect from a professional game, giving hope to young athletes that they could make a living playing some day.

“Seeing a spot like this hopefully I can get on a floor like this and get my shot on ESPN like some of these guys,” said Javon Fields who’s heading to Towson to play baseball in the fall.

The championship game between Overseas Elite and Eberlein Drive is Friday, August 3 at 9 pm.

It’s on ESPN or you can go see the stars compete in person by clicking here.