Wilson eyes $1 million prize as team moves into TBT semifinals
Anchorage’s Derrick Wilson moved closer to winning his share of a $1 million grand prize after his team moved into the final four of The Basketball Tournament.
The Golden Eagles – a squad comprised of Marquette University alumni – beat Team Brotherly Love 83-76 in the quarterfinals in Columbus, Ohio.
The Basketball Tournament is a 24-team, single-elimination, winner-take-all event with a $1 million payout. It was created in 2014.
The tournament features former NBA players, college alumni and international imports.
The participating players have stayed in their own bubble in Columbus because of COVID-19 and all games are played with no fans at Nationwide Arena.
Wilson, of East High fame, came off the bench to log 11 minutes and grab two rebounds in his team’s win over Brotherly Love out of Philly. The pass-first floor general is known for his defensive prowess.
The 6-foot-1 guard played at Marquette from 2011 to 2015 and owns Alaska’s single-game D1 hoops record with 14 assists.
The Golden Eagles are seeded No. 4 and received a bye in the first round.
In the second round, they beat Team CP3 76-67 with Wilson earning the starting nod and collecting one assist, two rebounds and two blocked shots.
The semifinals are Sunday on ESPN. The $1 million game is Tuesday.
Last year Wilson helped the Golden Eagles reach the TBT title game, losing 66-60 to Carmen’s Crew, which was made up of former Ohio State stars.
The Alaskan is coming off a huge season in Sweden, where he averaged a career-high 19.8 points to go with 5.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game for Stockholm-based Djurgarden.
The 27-year-old played his first three seasons of pro ball in Denmark.