Debuting in TBT 2023 is the Missouri alumni team, aptly named the Show Me Squad.
Consisting of mostly Missouri alumni, the Show Me Squad looks to make Missouri proud, a program that has been sneakily good over the past decade throughout their Big 12 years and transition to the SEC.
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- Benny Sternberg (Missouri)
- Dree Gholston (Kent State, Milwaukee & Missouri)
- Erick Neal (UT Arlington)
- Isiaih Mosley (Missouri)
- Jontay Porter (Missouri)
- Jordan Geist (Missouri)
- Kevin Hervey (UT Arlington)
- Mitchell Smith (Missouri)
- Phil Pressey (Missouri)
- Timothy Holyfield (Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech)
- Tony Criswell (Missouri & UAB)
- Jordan Bailey (Asst Coach)
- Wichita, Kansas
Team MVP: Jontay Porter
Brother of new NBA champion Michael Porter Jr., Mizzou alum Jontay Porter played a year at Missouri with his brother before tearing his ACL twice. Eventually declaring for the NBA Draft, Porter has made appearances in the NBA for Memphis and currently plays for the Wisconsin Herd in the G League. Porter is a big threat down low, both on the offensive and defensive side and is a high-quality rebounder as well. He should be huge for the Show Me Squad against other talented bigs.
Make-or-break Player: Isiaih Mosley
Mosley transferred into CoMo prior to last season from Missouri State to play for Dennis Gates in his first season as head coach of the Tigers. After scoring 20.4 PPG in his final year at Missouri State, he was expected to play a huge role for the Tigers last season. However, for whatever reason, it just didn’t happen that way. Missouri had a great year, but Mosley was inconsistent at times and only appeared in 14 games.
He did score 19 points against Alabama and 20 against Ole Miss, and there were certainly flashes of 2021-22 Mosley at times last year. He’s a very likable player, and it’s great to see him take the court with other Mizzou alumni in this year’s TBT. It’s also a possibility he regains his old form and becomes a huge asset for the team as well.
The Show Me Squad will no doubt have loads of chemistry. The Tigers on the roster are joined by former UT-Arlington Mavericks Erick Neal and Kevin Hervey, as well as former Texas Tech forward Timothy Holyfield. Hervey in particular is quite the talent, as he was drafted in the second round in 2018. Currently, he plays for Reggio Emelia in Italy. Phil Pressey, although out of professional basketball and a current assistant coach for the Boston Celtics, should be a nice veteran presence on the roster.
Dree Gholston is one of the youngest players on the squad but also is the star of two of the biggest moments in Mizzou’s recent history, both buzzer-beaters against UCF and Tennessee. Jordan Geist was a fan favorite in Columbia, and it’ll be nice to see him in action again for a Tiger squad.
Seeded number 4 in the Wichita region, the team will face Vegas Rebellion, the UNLV alumni squad. A win over the Rebellion in the first round would likely mean a showdown with the Mass Street team, composed of Kansas alumni. For anyone unfamiliar with the rivalry between Kansas and Missouri, just because this game only consists of players already out of college doesn’t mean that it’ll be a friendly matchup. It’ll take some work, but the Show Me Squad could very well make the third round.