Dayton Flyers alumni team adds former foe to roster for The Basketball Tournament

Virginia Commonwealth’s Justin Tillman dunks against Dayton on March 8, 2018, at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. David Jablonski/Staff

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Virginia Commonwealth’s Justin Tillman dunks against Dayton on March 8, 2018, at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. David Jablonski/Staff

Justin Tillman averaged 21 points per game in last six appearances vs. Flyers

The next live basketball everyone sees will come in The Basketball Tournament, and the Dayton Flyers alumni team is building an interesting roster that should be a top contender for the $2 million prize.

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The Red Scare, managed by former UD walk-ons Jeremiah Bonsu and Joey Gruden, added a second non-Flyer to the roster on Monday: former Virginia Commonwealth forward Justin Tillman.

Tillman joins a team that includes former Flyers Rob Lowery, Trey Landers, Ryan Mikesell, Devin Oliver, Dyshawn Pierre, Darrell Davis, Kendall Pollard and Kyle Davis. Former Louisville guard Ryan McMahon will also play for the team.

Tillman scored 1,415 points in four seasons at VCU. He played against Dayton eight times.  After not scoring in the first two games against Dayton as a freshman in the 2014-15 season, he averaged 21 points in six games. He scored 37 points in an 88-84 overtime victory against Dayton in Richmond, Va., on Feb. 10, 2018.

Tillman played professional in Israel last season. He also has played in Korea and in the NBA G League.

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The Basketball Tournament, a $2 million winner-takes-all event, plans to play all its games at one location in a 10-day period this summer. The dates and location have not been announced, but UD was interested in hosting all the games. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the TBT had announced UD Arena would host the final three rounds.

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