Editor's note: An earlier version of this story indicated that Jimmer Fredette would be playing for Team Fredette in The Basketball Tournament this year. That has yet to be determined.
Team Fredette will be playing in Utah.
The Basketball Tournament, the annual $2 million winner-take-all summer event, announced Tuesday that Salt Lake City — with games played at the Maverik Center — will be one of eight regional host cities for this year’s event, with Team Fredette serving as the host team in Utah.
The first three rounds of the TBT will be played at the regional host cities in 2019. The Salt Lake City regional will take place July 25-27.
The eight regional winners will advance to Championship Weekend in Chicago. The quarterfinals, semifinals and the championship will take place at DePaul University from Aug. 1-6.
“I’m so excited that TBT will be coming to Salt Lake City this year,” Fredette, the former BYU star guard, said in a news release. “I know my guys on Team Fredette are thrilled to have the opportunity to play in front of some of the greatest basketball fans in the world in the beautiful state of Utah. TBT is definitely going to be a can't-miss event this summer, and fans can expect to see an explosive, aggressive roster full of hungry talent with Team Fredette.”
Last year, Team Fredette, with the team’s namesake leading the way, advanced to the semifinals of the TBT. Fredette averaged 32.8 points per game in leading Team Fredette, which included fellow former Cougars Brandon Davies and Charles Abouo last season.
The roster for this year's Team Fredette will be finalized at a later date. That includes determining if Fredette will play, as a tournament official confirmed he hasn't committed to playing this year. Fredette played last year for his namesake team but served as a manager the year prior, when Team Fredette first played in TBT in 2017.
According to the TBT Salt Lake City Regional website, one-time Utah Jazz big man Jack Cooley is expected to return to Team Fredette this year and "they’ll also look to welcome former BYU star Jonathan Tavernari to the fold."
This is the first year that eight teams, those serving as the “host” teams, are being admitted to the tournament prior to the application period. The plan, according to TBT, is to create a college-like atmosphere at the regional sites.
The other regional host cities include Columbus, Ohio (hosted by Ohio State Alumni); Lexington, Kentucky (Bluegrass Boys, Kentucky alumni); Greensboro, North Carolina (Team CP3, Chris Paul's team); Memphis, Tennessee (Memphis State, Memphis alumni); Wichita, Kansas (AfterShocks, Wichita State alumni); Syracuse, New York (Boeheim's Army, Syracuse alumni); and Richmond, Virginia (Ram Nation, VCU alumni).19 comments on this story
“One of the things we’ve tapped into is the passion college basketball fans have for their former players,” Jon Mugar, founder and CEO of TBT, said in a news release. “We’ve also found that visiting teams have had a blast playing in front of raucous crowds cheering against them. This year’s regional hosts include some of college basketball’s most passionate fan bases.”
This year’s single-elimination TBT will consist of 64 teams, with the application period opening March 1. The full TBT bracket will be announced June 11.