TBT Talk: Notre Dame Fighting Alumni adds Abromaitis, Scott


Tom Noie
South Bend Tribune

At least two new additions will be a part of the Notre Dame Fighting Alumni roster when this summer's second-annual The Basketball Tournament tips off.

Former Irish forwards Tim Abromaitis and Carleton Scott have joined the Fighting Alumni squad that last season captured the first-annual 5-on-5 single elimination tournament, and with it a grand prize of $500,000.

Last summer, the Fighting Alumni was the only squad in the 32-team tournament whose core was comprised of former players from one school. Notre Dame's victory has piqued interest from former college players. Former players from Florida Gulf Coast, Syracuse and Wisconsin have organized teams for this year's tournament, where the grand prize will be $1 million.

Other former Irish who have been officially added to the roster were all a part of last season's championship - guard Ryan Ayers, forward Rob Kurz and Kieran Piller, a former Notre Dame walk-on who put last year's team together as general manager/coach.

The rest of the 12-man Irish roster will be finalized in the coming weeks. Former Irish guard Tory Jackson, who helped win the title last season, is again expected to play.

Abromaitis (Germany) and Scott (Italy) are currently playing professionally. Ayers spent last season as an assistant coach at Bucknell University. Kurz, who has played professionally in the NBA, the NBA Development League and in Europe, returned to private business in Philadelphia.

Having won the tournament last season, the Notre Dame Fighting Alumni receive a first-round bye and opens tournament play July 23 in Chicago.