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Former UConn champs to compete for $1 million in The Basketball Match

The Stars of Storrs are on the way! Former UConn national title winners Ryan Boatright, DeAndre Daniels, and Joey Calcaterra have committed to compete in The Basketball Tournament (TBT) this summer — alongside other Husky alumni — as the Stars of Storrs.  The team will represent the back-to-back national champions in the 11th year of

Former UConn champs to compete for $1 million in The Basketball Match

The Stars of Storrs are on the way in which!

Former UConn nationwide title winners Ryan Boatright, DeAndre Daniels, and Joey Calcaterra have dedicated to compete in The Basketball Tournament (TBT) this summer season — alongside different Husky alumni — because the Stars of Storrs. 

The staff will symbolize the back-to-back nationwide champions within the eleventh 12 months of the March Insanity-style occasion, which incorporates a $1 million winner-take-all prize airing on FOX Sports

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Boatright and Daniels will reunite as teammates after bringing dwelling the nationwide title in 2014. They may be a part of Calcaterra, who was part of the Dan Hurley-led 2023 championship staff.

“Representing UConn on this match means every part since you get to place these colours on once more and play for a typical objective: successful one other championship on a nationwide stage together with your brothers,” Boatright mentioned.

“Reuniting with Deandre will probably be enjoyable, and I’m tremendous enthusiastic about it,” he continued. “We did some wonderful issues collectively on the court docket and wish to proceed that success this summer season.”   

Stars of Storrs was organized by College of Connecticut alum Marc D’Amelio and the D’Amelio Huskies Collective, which has been aiding UConn scholar athletes, together with present hoopers Donovan Clingan, Stephon Castle, and Hassan Diarra, with identify, picture, and likeness (NIL) alternatives because it was based in 2022. If the Stars of Storrs wins TBT’s $1 million prize, $100,000 will probably be donated to the Collective.

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“Initially, a UConn fan on Twitter requested me to place collectively a staff,” D’Amelio mentioned. “I like constructing manufacturers, groups, and UConn basketball, so assembling a UConn TBT staff combines every part I’m enthusiastic about.”

D’Amelio will function the staff’s basic supervisor, whereas Chris Smith, UConn’s all-time main scorer, would be the staff’s head coach. 

Smith, a member of the UConn Basketball All-Century Group, performed for the Huskies from 1988-1992 and holds the all-time scoring file with 2,145 factors. The previous level guard is worked up concerning the alternative to educate a mix of Huskies from completely different generations. 

“To be one of many first extremely recruited individuals from Connecticut to be the top coach is wonderful,” Smith mentioned of the teaching alternative. “To have the ability to coach ex-Husky gamers from completely different time eras will probably be enjoyable for myself and for the gamers. They may get an opportunity to play with guys they watched as properly.”

TBT’s 64-team area consists of eight regionals with eight groups in every, all hosted on the campus of a powerhouse school basketball staff. If Stars of Storrs advances out of the Pittsburgh Regional, they’ll play in TBT’s quarterfinals on July 29.

TBT’s semifinals and $1 million championship recreation will probably be held August 2 and August 4 at Drexel College in Philadelphia.

Earlier than Stars of Storrs departs for Pittsburgh, there will probably be an open follow for followers to attend in Connecticut. The date and time will probably be introduced on Stars of Storrs social media platforms, @starsofstorrs

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