The 2015 Tournament, the million-dollar winner-takes-all hoops matchup in which 97 basketball teams will compete in a single-elimination matchup, is now underway. The first games were played yesterday, and I’m not going to bore you with scores at the moment.
What I am going to do, though, is go through all the rosters of the 97 different squads, and see if I can find some Albany Patroons in this here tournament.
And lo and behold, I did find some. And some of them are on teams that could go all the way to the finals. So where are the gold and kelly green alumni in this tournament?
See how many of these names you remember.
- Gabe Freeman (6’6″ forward, Costa Mesa JC) on Team Mill Rats. Gabe played for the Patroons in the 2008-09 aborted season, the final season for the Continental Basketball Association. In 15 games, he averaged 14.3 points and 9.7 rebounds, as the Pats reached the Continental Basketball Championship round for the fourth and final time in team history.
- Jamario Moon (6’8″ forward, Meridian CC) on Team Trained to Go. Wait, wasn’t he also supposed to be on Team Mill Rats? Yeah, he WAS… but apparently he got an offer to play on team that represents closer to his home. At least he’s in the tournament. And they won their first game of the tournament on Friday morning, a 94-84 triumph over team AEBL.
- Rashaad Powell (6’5″ shooting guard, Idaho) on Team Seattle Pro Am. Powell played in the 2007-08 Patroons season, that was the year Vincent Askew proved that he had no business ever coaching a professional sports team. Powell was one of the few shining stars for the Patroons that year, averaging 11 points in 26 games. Unfortunately for Powell, Seattle Pro Am was eliminated in the first round of The Tournament. Bummer.
Okay, so we’ve found some Patroons. Now let’s see if there are any alumni from Siena College in the game. And yes, there are. Three of them, in fact, and they all play for Team Liberty Ballers out of Philadelphia.
- Ronald Moore (6’0″ point guard) played for Siena from 2006 to 2010. His overseas professional career included winning the Hungarian Cup championship in 2013.
- Kenny Hasbrouck (6’3″ guard) played for Siena from 2005 to 2009. He became the first Siena grad to participate in an NBA game, and he currently averages 20 points per game (and an All-Star appearance) for a team in Italy.
- Ryan Rossiter (6’9″ power forward) played at Siena from 2007 to 2011. Rossiter did spend some time in the D-League, and currently plays in Japan.
So at least you know that there’s some Capital District representation in The Tournament.
For more information on the teams, the rosters, and the scores, visit The Tournament at this link. And while you’re there, you can watch live streaming of all games, so you can root for your favorite teams from the comfort of your home computer or tablet.
And if you want to dust off that Patroons pennant or that Siena game worn jersey… that’s fine as well.