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Oregon Ducks men's alumni basketball team to play in The Basketball Tournament on ESPN

The Register-Guard logo The Register-Guard 6/21/2021 Ashley Conklin, Register-Guard
a crowd of people at a baseball game: Oregon's Joseph Young, left, is congratulated by teammate Jalil Abdul-Bassit after the Duck's 95-72 win over Washington State in an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene, Ore., Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Young lead the team with 29 points. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch) © Chris Pietsch, AP Oregon's Joseph Young, left, is congratulated by teammate Jalil Abdul-Bassit after the Duck's 95-72 win over Washington State in an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene, Ore., Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Young lead the team with 29 points. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)

An Oregon men's alumni basketball team of 11 players will be playing in The Basketball Tournament next month in a $1 million winner-takes-all event that will be broadcast live by the ESPN Networks.

Nine of the 11 players played for current Oregon coach Dana Altman, including 2015 Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year Joe Young.

Young, who was drafted in the second round of the 2015 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers, has been playing professionally in the Chinese Basketball Association since 2018.

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The two players on the team who weren't coached by Altman are Tajuan Porter, the 2007 Pac-10 Tournament Most Valuable Player and one of the most prolific 3-point shooters in conference history, and Bryce Taylor. Porter and Taylor helped lead the Ducks to the 2007 Pac-12 Tournament championship and a spot in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament that season before losing to eventual national champion Florida. Porter, in the top 10 in career scoring at Oregon, and Taylor also led the Ducks to the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

Johnathan Loyd, the first player to sign with Altman at Oregon, was the 2013 Pac-12 Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player when the Ducks downed UCLA in the conference title game and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament before losing to eventual national champion Louisville.

a group of young men playing a game of football: Oregon guard Tajuan Porter, right, looks for an opening against Arizona State's Derek Glasser during the second half of a February 2007 game at McArthur Court. Porter had 24 points in a 55-51 win over the Sun Devils. © Don Ryan, AP Oregon guard Tajuan Porter, right, looks for an opening against Arizona State's Derek Glasser during the second half of a February 2007 game at McArthur Court. Porter had 24 points in a 55-51 win over the Sun Devils.

Other players on the team are Jalil Abdul-Bassit, Dwayne Benjamin, Elijah Brown, Mike Moser, MiKyle McIntosh, Shakur Juiston and Paul White.

Moser, now an Oregon assistant women's basketball coach, helped the Ducks reach the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament along with Young. Bassit was a starter on the 2015 team with Young that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Benjamin was a key player off the bench on Oregon's teams that reached the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament and the Elite Eight of the 2016 NCAA Tournament and was a teammate of Young and Bassit on the 2015 team. The 2015 team lost to Arizona in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game, and the 2016 team won the Pac-12 regular-season and conference tournament championships.

White helped lead the Ducks to the 2019 Pac-12 Conference Tournament championship and a spot in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament where Oregon lost to eventual national champion Virginia.

Mike Moser holding a basketball: Oregon's Mike Moser gestures to his teammates during the closing seconds of a February 2014 game against Washington at Matthew Knight Arena. © Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard Oregon's Mike Moser gestures to his teammates during the closing seconds of a February 2014 game against Washington at Matthew Knight Arena.

Juiston was a starter on the 2019-20 team that won the Pac-12 Conference regular-season title but didn't have a postseason because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brown and McIntosh were teammates on the 2017-18 team that reached the second round of the NIT. That was the only season at Oregon for both players.

Always Us will be the No. 4 seed in the Illinois Regional and will play No. 13 seed Peoria All-Stars in its first game at noon July 25 at the Peoria Civic Center. The game will be live streamed on ESPN.

Two teams from each of the four TBT regionals will advance to compete in championship weekend in Dayton, Ohio, at UD Arena. The quarterfinals will be played on July 31, with the semifinals scheduled for Aug. 1. The championship game will be Aug. 3, where one player will hit a shot during the Elam Ending to win his team $1 million.

For more information on the event, visit TheTournament.com.

Contact Ashley Conklin at aconklin@registerguard.com or 541-338-2337, and follow him on Twitter @Ashleyrgsports

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