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David Johnson Joins TBT Alumni Men’s Basketball Team in Louisville

By meerna Jul11,2024
David Johnson Joins TBT Alumni Men’s Basketball Team in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville men’s basketball team competing in The Basketball Tournament has added another former Cardinal player.

TBT announced on Thursday that David Johnson has officially signed with The Ville for 2024.

The Ville features a number of notable former Louisville players who will be participating in the TBT for the second time. Russ Smith, Peyton Siva, Chane Behanan, Chinanu Onuaku and Kyle Kuric return; Chris Jones makes his Ville debut; Montrezl Harrell and Dillon Avare will make their TBT debuts.

The Ville also brings back non-Louisville graduates Nick Mayo (EKU) and Omar Prewitt (William & Mary), and welcomes Derrick Walker (Nebraska). Reece Gaines will be the Ville’s head coach this year, with Luke Hancock and Keith Oddo joining as assistants.

The Louisville native and Trinity graduate was drafted by the Toronto Raptors in the second round of the 2021 NBA Draft but has spent nearly his entire career in the NBA G-League. Johnson was a member of the Raptors organization for his first two years in the league but was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies ahead of the 2023-24 season.

In 59 games and 42 starts for the Raptors 905 and Memphis Hustle — the Toronto and Grizzlies’ G-League affiliate — Johnson averaged 11.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game on shooting 44.1/35.8/69.8.

Johnson was Louisville’s second-leading scorer in 2020-21 as a sophomore, averaging 12.6 points in 19 games. He also added 5.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 41.1 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from 3-point range. He was the only player in the ACC’s top 25 in rebounds and assists, earning All-ACC honorable mention honors.

TBT is a 64-team, winner-takes-all tournament with a $1 million prize pool that has grown in popularity since its inception in 2014. While the tournament is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is not currently on an NBA roster, teams are most often made up of former college and professional basketball players.

This is also the location of the Elam Ending, an alternative way to end basketball games without turning them into a festival of intentional fouls. At the first deadlock under four minutes into the fourth quarter, a target score is set for both teams by adding eight points to the leading team’s score.

The Ville hosts one of eight TBT regional venues, with play taking place at the legendary Freedom Hall. Eight teams will compete in the Louisville Regional, with the regional champion advancing to the quarterfinals to face the winner of the Lexington Regional.

The Louisville Regional will take place July 19-24, with The Ville kicking off the competition with “UKnighted” on Saturday, July 20 at 1:00 PM ET.

(David Johnson Photo by Charles LeClaire – USA TODAY Sports)

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