Upset-minded DuBois Dream represents the Varacallo Foundation on their road to TBT.
Sponsored by the Varacallo Foundation, the 8-seed DuBois Dream is ready to bust some brackets in this summer’s TBT. The team is sourced from DuBois, Pennsylvania.
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- Albert Varacallo III (Gannon & Washington and Jefferson)
- Chance Wright (Point Park and Bethany)
- Connor Holobinko (Penn State)
- Dalton Bolon (College of Charleston and West Liberty)
- Jake Biss (Shippensburg)
- Marcus Weathers (Miami (OH), Duquesne, and SMU)
- Michael Weathers (Miami (OH), Oklahoma State, Texas Southern, and SMU)
- Nick Novak (Pitt-Johnstown)
- Trey Moses (Ball State)
- Preston Boswell (Asst. Coach)
- Matt Reitz (Asst. Coach)
- Wheeling, West Virginia
Team MVP: Marcus Weathers
Starting his career at Miami-Ohio, Weathers eventually transferred to Duquesne and eventually SMU. Averaging 9.7 PPG his freshman year, he averaged double-figures the rest of his career. A 6’5” small forward, Weathers has a good defensive skill set, evidenced by four top 20 conference ranks in BPG, once at Miami-Ohio and three times at Duquesne. At SMU, Weathers ranked 2nd in the AAC in RPG with 7.5.
Weathers is pivotal to any chance DuBois Dream has of pulling off an upset or two. Getting rebounds and not letting Best Virginia get any second-chance points is crucial to this team’s success. His interior defense could help against Kevin Jones and Nathan Adrian on Best Virginia.
Make-or-break Player: Dalton Bolon
Part of College of Charleston’s breakthrough year last season, Bolon played a major role with the Cougars, placing top 10 in the CAA in defensive rating, offensive rating, turnover percentage, win shares, 3PM, and player efficiency rating. The shooting guard can get it done on both sides of the court.
In addition to those advanced statistics, Bolon placed on the first-team All-CAA. He also played at DII West Liberty, and he brings an intensity that every 8 seed needs. After injuring his eye, he played an entire season with an eye patch. He played the most games in the CAA last season, suiting up 35 times. Bolon is a grinder and brings a load of intangibles to the court as well.
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DuBois Dream is a good story, and upsetting Best Virginia, one of the TBT favorites, would make the story even better. In addition to Bolon and Weathers, Marcus’s brother Michael is also on the roster. Former Ball State Cardinal center Trey Moses also should make an impact.
Unfortunately, one thing that Best Virginia has that DuBois Dream does not is depth. DuBois Dream is top-heavy, and they only have 9 players on the roster. Best Virginia can afford to get into foul trouble and sub in and out often. DuBois Dream doesn’t have that luxury.
As much as I’d like to see an upset in the first round, I don’t see it happening. DuBois Dream has not won a TBT game in 3 tournaments, and it will likely extend to 4 this summer.