Elijah Johnson's "Self Made" squad seeking to take home The Tournament's $2 million prize this summer
You’ve seen it before at alumni scrimmages, the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic or various other charity events over the years.
But now there will be something on the line. Something huge.
Former Kansas guard Elijah Johnson and a team of yet-to-be-named former Jayhawks will be throwing their name in the ring at this summer’s event known as The Basketball Tournament.
The 64-team, single-elimination TBT battle comes with a winner-take-all prize of $2 million and Johnson, who appeared on Rock Chalk Sports Talk with Nick Schwerdt on Monday to talk about the upcoming challenge, believes his team of former Jayhawks will have the right recipe to bring home the top prize.
“I think that we’ve got the chance to win it all,” Johnson told Schwerdt on Monday. “There’s no way that I’m going to look at these names on the roster and say we don’t have a chance. Of course we have a chance.”
As for who those names are, Johnson promised to unveil the roster, one by one, throughout the day Tuesday. But he teased the lineup just a little bit and said there were some big names from KU’s past on the squad, which will play under the team name “Self Made” this July and August when the tournament gets rolling.
“The roster has changed numerous times,” said Johnson, who has been on social media interacting with KU fans over who they’d want to see on the squad for several weeks. “Overall, I’ve had 18 or 19 different names on the roster and we’ve had to narrow it down to the nine names or 10 names that we’ve got now.”
One thing Johnson likes about the team he has constructed is the fact that they all come from the same place and were taught basketball in the same manner.
“That’s what made me want to build my team around KU because we all know each other, even if we didn’t play at KU together,” Johnson said. “With us mixing our same background together and just knowing how to win, I think that gives us a better chance than most people from the beginning. I think it gives us that edge that most teams don’t have.”
Stay in touch with KUsports.com and this blog right here throughout the day for updated news about the Self Made roster.
For more information about the tournament itself — including dates of KU’s likely games in Wichita and how to get tickets — log on to www.thetournament.com for more on this year’s event and the history of the summer showcase that is now in its sixth year and has gained attention and traction year after year.
ROSTER UPDATES, starting at Noon on Tuesday, April 16:
(It looks like players will be announced one at a time throughout the week so stay in touch with KUsports.com for updates or follow @SelfMadeTBT on Twitter)