LOGAN – A group of Aggie basketball alumni are teaming up to compete in <a href=”https://www.thetournament.com/” target=”_blank”>The Basketball Tournamen</a>t, a nationwide 5-on-5 tournament with a $2 million winner-take-all grand prize. Seven former Aggies and one former Dixie State player are forming the Utah State Stallions and will begin play July 9th, that is if they receive enough fan votes.
The tournament accepts 64 teams, but many more than that enter. The teams that play will be the teams that get the most votes from now until June 1. Spencer Butterfield, who played at USU from 2012 to 2014, said he thinks his team will need anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 votes to get in. He said it needs all the help from USU fans it can get.
“We want to represent Utah State,” he said. “It may not be an NCAA Championship but if we can bring some type of championship back to Utah State that would be kind of cool.”
In addition to Butterfield, former Aggies Preston Medlin, Sean Harris, Jordan Stone, Nate Bendall, Grayson Moore and Danny Berger will suit up for the Stallions. Berger’s older brother John Berger is the only non-USU player on the team. Butterfield said some of the style of play will be carried over from their USU days, but said there will be some adjustments made.
“I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of things from Utah State, you know, all the jargon,” he said. “We speak Utah State basketball. We’ve all been coached by coach Morrill.”
Butterfield described the level of competition as above Division-I, but a “pro and college mix.” He said his team’s strength is in its chemistry and selflessness.
“That’s kind of why we’re entering this tournament with the guys we’re entering with,” he said. “We understand we might not have the highest talent that’s entered. There’s some big names that are in the tournament, but we think we have the best overall team.”
Above all, Butterfield said he is most looking forward to playing with people he calls his closest friends.
“We really think we have a good chance of winning it,” he said. “But I’m more excited to play with the guys.”
Fans can vote for the Stallions <a href=”https://www.thetournament.com/teams/utah-stallions-utah-state-alumni” target=”_blank”>here</a>.