TBT Is An Open, Single Elimination, Winner Take All Tournament For $500,000
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three former Yale men's basketball players are teaming up for a good cause. Matt Minoff '04, Edwin Draughan '05 and Greg Mangano '12 are part of a team that will compete in The Basketball Tournament, an open, single-elimination, winner-take-all tournament for $500,000.
The team will be playing on behalf of PeacePlayers International, a non-profit organization that brings children from communities in conflict together to play basketball. It is an organization Minoff has played a big part of. In 2005, he launched the organization in Israel and the West Bank which continues to flourish nine years later.
The Basketball Tournament takes place June 6-8 at Philadelphia University where the 32-team field is cut down to two. The championship game is June 28 and the location will be voted on by the fans of each team.
Fan support is an important part of the tournament. The four teams with the largest followings get to select their first round opponent. To support the PeacePlayers team, visit https://www.thetournament.com/teams/peaceplayers-international before May 20.
Minoff, Draughan and Mangano all enjoyed outstanding careers for the Bulldogs. Minoff was the captain of the 2003-04 Yale team. As a senior he started all 27 games and averaged 7.4 points. He later played professionally in Israel for Rishon LeZion.
Since graduating, Draughan has enjoyed a long and successful career playing overseas. Last winter he was with Fribourg in Switzerland. At Yale, Draughan finished his outstanding career seventh all-time in scoring with 1,413 career points. He started all 113 games of his career and is second in school history with 141 steals and fifth in assists with 339. In addition, he was only the third player at Yale to lead the team in scoring for four years. Tony Lavelli (1946-49) and Butch Graves (1981-84) are the others.
Mangano also has been playing professionally, most recently with CSM Steaua Bucharest in Romania's first division. At Yale, Mangano was a two-time first team All-Ivy selection. He is Yale's all-time leader with 213 career blocked shots, which is third in Ivy League history. He finished his career with 735 career rebounds, the sixth most in school history, and 1,213 career points, which is 13th.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity