Moneyball: Wilson helps Marquette alumni win $1 million game

July 15, 2020

Derrick Wilson

Anchorage’s Derrick Wilson padded his pocketbook after helping the Golden Eagles Marquette alumni win The Basketball Tournament’s $1 million grand prize.

The Golden Eagles beat Sideline Cancer 78-73 in the championship game of the 24-team, winner-take-all tournament in Columbus, Ohio.

Wilson, who played for Marquette from 2011 to 2015, contributed one point, one assist and four rebounds in 14 minutes.

The game ended after Travis Diener knocked down a 3-pointer as the Golden Eagles reached the target score, aka, the Elam ending where a game clock is turned off late in the fourth quarter and a target score is set.

The tournament included former NBA players, college alumni and international imports. The players stayed in their own bubble in Columbus because of COVID-19 and all games were played with no fans at Nationwide Arena.

Wilson, of East High fame, is coming off a sensational scoring season in Sweden, where he averaged a career-best 19.8 points per game.

At Marquette, the 6-foot-1 guard was more of a facilitator and he again played that role with the Golden Eagles.

Wilson collected five points and two rebounds in a 79-70 win over Red Scare in the semifinals to help the Golden Eagles return to the title game.

The Alaskan was on the squad last year that lost the TBT championship game.