Morris twins, Thomas Robinson need fans' help to enter team in summer hoops tournament
Marcus Morris is the coach. Markieff Morris is the general manager. Thomas Robinson is the team’s booster.
What is this? Some Kansas basketball fanatic’s twisted NBA 2K dream?
Not exactly. Actually, this is the structure for team FOE, a potential entry in this summer’s The Basketball Tournament — better known as TBT.
The past couple of weeks, Markieff Morris has tweeted out links about his FOE venture, in need of support — via fans’ online votes — in order to qualify for the 64-team tourney, which begins in July.
While it would be entertaining to see the Morris twins and Robinson team up to and take on all comers in the tournament, they’re in the NBA, and that’s not a possibility. Instead, the former KU stars will have to watch from the sideline if they can drum up enough interest.
There is some good news for Kansas fans on that front, however. Of course the Morrii and Robinson have recruited a couple of their former teammates for the cause. On FOE’s team page, Mario Little is listed as the squad’s small forward and its shooting guard is Tyshawn Taylor.
The other players currently on board with FOE are power forward Sean Evans (St. John’s), point guard Scott Rodgers (Drexel) and point guard Vincent Simpson (Hampton).
According to a spokesperson with TBT, team FOE will need to get into the top 11 in fan voting in its designated region (Northeast) in order to receive an automatic berth. As of Thursday afternoon, the Morrii and company had a lot of ground to make up, as they were in 29th place.
Meanwhile, TeamDBD, featuring former one-and-done Kansas guard Josh Selby as both a general manager and point guard, is safely in the field in the South region.
So here’s your chance, Kansas fans. If FOE is going to play in this TBT it’s kind of up to you IMO. Visit the FOE page to vote for the former Jayhawks’ entry.
Who knows. Maybe FOE gets in and wins the whole thing. And, here’s where it gets really interesting: Fans of the tournament champions actually can win a cut of the prize money.
According to TBT’s website, once you vote for a team you become a “fan” of that team. Through the site, fans can earn “points,” and the top fan of the title-winning team gets $20,000. What’s more, four fans win $10,000, 15 fans get $4,000 and 80 more fans win $1,000.
Even better, fans can vote for up to four teams. And each time you recruit someone else to vote for a team, you score a point.
It’s an intriguing setup, and just like those NCAA Tournament pools in March, can actually score you some cash, too. Happy voting.