Nasty Nati
 

 

 

Nasty Nati, the Cincinnati alumni make their first appearance in TBT, fittingly in the Xavier (Cincinnati) regional. 

Consisting of almost all Cincinnati alumni and a SoCon player of the year (Isaiah Miller), Nasty Nati is looking to make a splash in their first ever TBT appearance. 

A 4 seed, Nasty Nati certainly has the numbers and skill to shock viewers and advance further than prognosticators expect, especially if dynamic point guard Isaiah Miller plays up to his full potential.

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Current Roster:

  • Ty Jordan (Malone)
  • Troy Caupain Jr. (Cincinnati)
  • Tre Scott (Cincinnati)
  • Shaquille Thomas (Cincinnati)
  • Octavius Ellis (Cincinnati)
  • Marquez Letcher-Ellis (Rice)
  • Jarron Cumberland (Cincinnati)
  • Jacob Evans (Cincinnati)
  • Isaiah Miller (UNCG)
  • Coreontae Deberry (Cincinnati)

Coaching Staff:

  • Corie Blount (Head Coach)
  • Cane Broome (Assistant Coach)
  • Kevin Johnson (GM)

Region:

  • Xavier

Team MVP: Isaiah Miller

The former UNCG guard just finished up his Summer League stint with the Utah Jazz, with a very impressive showing against the Raptors on July 13. Miller dropped 8 points, 4 steals, and 4 assists in just 17 minutes of work. Though a bit undersized at just 6’ tall, Miller is adept at finding his way to the basket through the trees inside. His leadership could carry Nasty Nati to a second-round matchup with Florida TNT.

Make or Break Player: Jarron Cumberland

Cumberland spent most of his time last year on the G-League Circuit but did manage three games with the Trail Blazers. A big showing with Nasty Nati in the tournament could propel him into the eyes of NBA teams. Cumberland is a deceptive playmaker, and despite his role as a scorer, can dispense the ball with ease, averaging almost 5 assists per game during his senior year at Cincinnati. 

Team Outlook:

Nasty Nati’s starting five is one of the best in the Xavier regional, with Cumberland and Miller likely being on the floor with G-Leaguers Tre Scott and Jacob Evans. Seeded as a 4, Nasty Nati definitely has a chance to do some damage in the Xavier regional. They should get by the Fort Wayne Champs, and will likely put a scare into Florida TNT if they advance. I would not be surprised if Nasty Nati winds up taking first in the regional. 

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