Former Division-II standout Tanner McGrew will be joining Best Virginia for the first time in the TBT tournament this July. The Buckhannon, W. Va., native joins Jamel Morris as the second non-WVU alumni player to play for Best Virginia.
“Hyped to officially announce this! I’ll be playing with Best Virginia this year in the TBT. As WV born and raised, I’m excited to represent my state and the WVU fan base,” McGrew wrote on Twitter.
McGrew (6-foot-8, 250 pounds) attended West Virginia Wesleyan College, receiving an opportunity to walk-on with the Bobcats. In four seasons, McGrew played in 103 games developing into a D-II All-American. McGrew averaged 22.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks during his senior season.
After his graduation from West Virginia Wesleyan, McGrew went on to play six seasons professionally around the world. McGrew has played in Australia, Denmark, France, Portugal and Romania. McGrew played in the NBA G-League for the Salt Lake City Star and the Memphis Hustle during his time as a professional. McGrew was a member of the USA Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team back in 2019.
Most recently, McGrew played for CSU Sibiu in Romania, averaging 10.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists. The West Virginia native shot 51 percent from the field and 39 percent from three.
“Tanner is a great fit for Best Virginia,” BV Head Coach James Long said. “He is a cerebral basketball player who can bring different things to each lineup he plays with. More importantly, Tanner is a professional. He will be great in terms of our team dynamic. Playing at West Virginia Wesleyan, he has been around our alumni every summer and has developed relationships with most of the guys on Best Virginia. We are excited to have Tanner join us to chase this championship in Charleston.”
McGrew will join a confirmed list of John Flowers, Kevin Jones, Juwan Staten, Jaysean Paige, Morris and Devin Ebanks for the televised tournament.
Best Virginia is returning to Charleston, West Virginia in July to co-host one region of the TBT tournament with Herd That, Marshall’s alumni team. The Charleston region will run from July 24-27. The link for tickets for the 2022 TBT can be found here.