An annual fan favorite, Herd That looks to continue on its winning record and come out of West Virginia on top
Herd That has been a team that many TBT fans grow to love since they joined in 2018. A big reason why is Ot Elmore, who unfortunately won’t be playing, but he will be on the sideline as head coach and GM. His brother Jon, will be on the court, and that is a huge benefit for Herd That as Elmore is one of the best passers and overall players in TBT. Repping Marshall, Herd That will be must-watch TV.
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- Derek Cooke Jr. (Cloud County Community College & Wyoming)
- JaCorey Williams (Arkansas & Middle Tennessee State)
- James Kelly (Owens Community College, Miami (Florida) & Marshall)
- Jarrod West (Marshall & Louisville)
- Jon Elmore (Marshall)
- JP Tokoto (UNC)
- Luke Fischer (Marquette)
- Rob Gray (Houston)
- Rondale Watson (Wake Forest & Marshall)
- Ryan Taylor (Marshall)
- Steve Browning (Fairmont State & Marshall)
- Taevion Kinsey (Marshall)
- Ot Elmore (GM, Head Coach)
- Marcus Reed (Asst. Coach)
- West Virginia
Team MVP: Jon Elmore
Elmore is an elite TBT player. Last year, he averaged 11.5 PPG and 8.5 APG. The 8.5 assists were the most of any player who played more than one game. In 2020, he averaged 13 PPG and 8.0 APG. Having someone on the team that can not only bet easy buckets but also set up opportunities for his teammates is so important, especially for a team like Herd That who has several first-time players.
He’s a three-level scorer but is known for his three-point ability. He is still #1 all time in CUSA history and points and assists, and second in threes. Elmore is just such a talented all around player, and Herd That are thankful to have him.
Make-or-Break Player: Taevion Kinsley
Many TBT teams aren’t lucky enough to get a conference player of the year commitment right out of college, but Herd That received a commitment from the Sun Belt player of the year Taevion Kinsley and they are going to take full advantage of that. Last year, he averaged 22.1 PPG, 5.4 APG, and 1.7 SPG. He’s a career 17.1 PPG scorer and has generally been one of the best mid-major players the past few seasons.
Kinsley’s performance is what can take Herd That from good to a championship contender. There aren’t many players who can guard him in the tournament, so if he can get accustomed to the TBT style early on and be dominant, the path to the million is there.
See you tomorrow 😎 💰 pic.twitter.com/zbas81AgVv
— Herd That (@TBT_Herd_That) July 24, 2023
Herd That has won at least one game in four of the five tournaments they’ve played in. They look to continue that against Zoo Crew, a team compiled of Pittsburgh alumni. That game will be on Tuesday, July 25th at 9 PM ET. If they win that, they’ll most likely have to take on Best Virginia, the hometown team. That will be a tough matchup, but probably one of the better matchups of the entire tournament if it were to happen.
Besides Kinsley and Elmore, this team has several other talented players. One is Rob Gray, who was a legend in college, and now looks to bring his elite scoring ability to Herd That. At 29 years old, there’s no sign of him slowing down, averaging 18.2 PPG in the Turkish League this year. They bring a lot of experience of top of the Elmore’s, with Rondale Watson playing in his 4th TBT and Stevie Browning playing in his sixth. Don’t sleep on Jacorey Williams, who was absolutely dominant for Herd That in 2020.
While the odds are near zero, many Marshall and Herd That fans hope that Ot slips on the jersey at some point and drills a three. Even if he doesn’t, Herd That will be extremely fun to watch, and expect some high-scoring games from the team.
image via @TBT_Herd_That