Trevon Bluiett, Zip Em Up

Zip ‘Em Up is ready to compete in its inaugural season in The Basketball Tournament.

Zip ‘Em Up, who are in their first season of The Basketball Tournament, are composed of Xavier Alumni. Led by former NBA player Trevon Bluiett, this squad can have enough firepower to make some noise in their first tournament.

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  • Trevon Bluiett
  • Semaj Christon
  • Kaiser Gates
  • Sterling Gibbs
  • Karem Kanter
  • Kayel Locke
  • Mark Lyons
  • JP Macura
  • Sean O’Mara
  • Brandon Randolph
  • Jeff Robinson

Coaching Staff

  • Rick Carter – Head Coach
  • Kevin Coker – Assistant Coach
  • Chris Pickens – Assistant Coach

General Manager

  • Jason Meyer


  • Columbus

First Matchup

  • July 24, 8 PM EST, vs 13 seeded Ohio 1804

Team Outlook

The team’s name comes from a motto Xavier had in 2011, when they were upset at players from other teams calling them soft. They proved they were tough, and zipped ‘em up.

Now, in The Basketball Tournament, Zip ‘Em Up will showcase that scrappy way of play and try to make a run in their first appearance.

What has fans most excited about this team is Trevon Bluiett, who played on Xavier’s 2017-18 squad. He also played briefly in the NBA and is now in the G-League.

Bluiett’s experience in the bright lights can benefit this team tremendously, as well as his skill and basketball IQ. JP Macura, who was also a part of that 2017-18 squad in which Xavier won the Big East regular season, is on the roster as well.

Overall, although this season is the team’s first in The Basketball Tournament, Zip ‘Em Up has a serious chance at making a run, possibly competing for the 1 million dollar prize.

By Samuel Bass

Writing sports, college basketball, ACC hoops