Team DRC comes back after a year hiatus from TBT and is looking to advance deep into the tournament.
After its year away, Team DRC returns to the TBT looking to maintain its winning record. In 2021, Team DRC took a first-round loss to Herd That. This team is named for NFL All-Pro Corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The namesake of the team is a player on the team. Team DRC is coached by Stanley Cromartie, Dominique’s father. This team has some familiar names but needs more to pull off the run like it did in 2019 when they made the third round. While their main focus is to have fun, this team also wants to win.
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- Bernard Parks (Point University)
- Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie (Tennessee State)
- Kevin Foster (George Mason & Fresno State)
- Michael Forrest (Florida Atlantic)
- Ronald Delph (Florida Atlantic)
- Ronald Moore (Siena)
- Steve Taylor Jr. (Marquette & Toledo)
- Taylor Adway (Toledo & Ferris State)
- Vydal Bradford (Texas A&M Commerce & Texas Wesleyan)
- Willie Whitfield (Barry University)
- Zackery Bryant (UAB & Georgia Southern)
- Stanley Cromartie (Head Coach)
- Clyde Darrisaw (Asst. Coach)
- Lamont Evans (Asst. Coach)
- Winston Watkins (Asst. Coach)
- Xavier, Ohio
Team MVP: Bernard Parks
The Basketball League (TBL) continues to pop up in articles and this one is no different. Bernard Parks played in TBL this year for Shreveport Mavericks. Surprisingly, he did not start for the Mavericks but was actually the best offensive weapon for his team. In his 19 games, he averaged 26.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.9 steals. Parks did this while shooting 43.5% from 3-point range. However, this was the main focus of his game as he shot more 3-pointers than other field goals. Having him as a 3-point specialist, he will need to knock them down. If the threes aren’t falling, that could be an issue, but history is on his side.
Make-or-break Player: Ronald Delph
Ronald Delph will need to be a force. As a 7-footer, Delph will need to be disruptive down low. Playing this year in Venezuela, he can shoot the 3-pointer but does not normally. Where Delph excels is in rebounding, which he’ll need to do on both ends of the floor. He needs to create more opportunities for his team and limit the looks for the opposition. In Venezuela, he averaged 5.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 0.6 assists, and 1.1 blocks a game.
Fresh off an INCREDIBLE Final Four run in March Madness with @FAUMBB, Michael Forrest will suit up with Team DRC (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s team @drc_41) in TBT this summer🦉🦉@m_ke1135 knows what it takes to win in tournaments 😏 pic.twitter.com/KkZNqMUf4y
— TBT (@thetournament) May 9, 2023
Team DRC is a mystery. With so many players having very little tape, this team has much to be discovered. Team DRC will be focused on defense based on the players on the roster. Zack Bryant played 18 games in Greece this year. While there, he averaged 20.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.3 assists. Bryant shot 38.6% from 3-point range.
The fresh out of college Michael Forrest went on a magical and memorable run with Florida Atlantic on the way to the Final Four. He averaged 8.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.6 assists. Steve Taylor Jr. played in Venezuela in 2023. He averaged 6.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists. Finally, Taylor Adway is the last player with recent stats available. Adway played in Kosovo averaging 4.7 points and 3.6 rebounds.
With a matchup against The Program for Autism, this team will need to find a rhythm and work together. While playing in a difficult Xavier Regional, the team is going to have to pull off some true Cinderella magic. Rodgers-Cromartie has made the Super Bowl, why can’t he make the TBT finals too?