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Best Virginia Announces Early Roster, TBT Tickets on Sale for Charleston Regional

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Best Virginia, the West Virginia University alumni team that competes in the TBT each year, announced its early roster Wednesday afternoon, filled with plenty of familiar faces for WVU fans.

Five players were announced, John Flowers, Kevin Jones, Tarik Phillip, Juwan Staten and Nathan Adrian, as well as three coaches, James Long, Dave Tallman and Da’Sean Butler. All five players were set to participate in last year’s tournament prior to its cancellation.

Flowers averaged 5.2 points per game for WVU from 2007-2011. He posted a career-best 9.2 ppg as a senior in 2010-11. Kevin Jones averaged 13.1 points from 2008-2012, including 19.9 in 2011-12. Phillip averaged 7.7 points from 2014-17. Staten, currently an assistant coach with the Mountaineers, averaged 13.4 points from 2012-15. Finally, Adrian averaged 5.7 points per game in his four-year career with the Mountaineers, topping out at 9.6 ppg as a senior in 2016-17.

For the coaches, Long led WVU Tech to a conference championship this season, Tallman is the boy’s basketball coach for Morgantown High and Butler, a WVU player from 2007-10, is currently an assistant coach at Wheeling.

Along with Best Virginia’s early roster, tickets have also gone on sale for the TBT West Virginia Regional, which will be held From July 17-21 this summer at the Charleston Coliseum.

Right now, Best Virginia and Marshall alumni team, Herd That, are the only TBT teams accepted for the West Virginia Regional.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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