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'An opportunity to redeem ourselves': OSU alumni team selected to TBT, $1 million on the line

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Former Oklahoma State basketball players are chasing $1 million in July.

The Basketball Tournament announced its 2021, 64 team bracket on Monday, and the Stillwater Stars, a team of OSU alumni, was selected in the bracket.

“It means a lot to be accepted back into the field,” Jeff Barr, the general manager for the Stars said. “We get an opportunity to redeem ourselves and spend time with a lot of our friends we haven't got a chance to see with covid cancelling our annual basketball alumni reunion.”

The Stars were given the No. 8 seed in the Wichita region, and will play The Enchantment, the No. 9 seed. The Enchantment is an alumni team from New Mexico.

The Stars took part in the 2020 TBT, but lost in the first round. The Stars announced roster additions Sunday and Monday to add to an already star studded lineup.

The roster includes former Cowboys Jeffery Carroll (2014-18), Markel Brown (2010-14), Brandon Averette (2016-2018), Marshal Moses (2007-2011) , Jonathan Laurent (2019-2020), Cezar Guerrero(2011-12), Brian Williams (2011-14) and Chris Oliver (2015-16).

Two other players will join the former Cowboys from other schools, Michael Qualls (Arkansas) and Nate Grimes (Fresno State).

“I have high hopes for this year's team, I think we have an underrated group that will surprise some people,” Barr said.

The Stars will be without Le’Bryan Nash, who was one the team last year, and led the team with 30 points in its game. Nash injured his achilles while playing overseas in Japan.

The Stars and Enchantment will play July 17 at 7 p.m. in Charles Koch Arena and all games will be broadcasted on the ESPN family of networks.

“We look forward to representing OSU again,” Barr said. “We hope to win games and be exciting so that in the following years we can have more former cowboys want to participate in TBT.”

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