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Former WVU G Tarik Phillip Joins Best Virginia for TBT

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Tarik Phillip, former West Virginia guard from 2014-17, is joining Best Virginia for TBT this summer.

“Tarik was the sixth man of the year in the Big 12 his senior year at WVU,” HC/GM Chase Harler said. “I’m excited to have Tarik to be our floor general. His ability to alter the game on both ends of the floor will help our team tremendously. He was a must-get for the summer, and he’s someone the fans have asked for every year. I’m excited to decided to come back!”

Phillip helped the Mountaineers reach the Sweet-16 twice during his WVU career. In his senior season, the Big 12 awarded Phillip with the sixth man of the year. Phillip averaged 9.5 points on 40% shooting from the field and 38% from three.

In 2019, Phillip signed with the Washington Wizards to compete during the NBA Summer League. During that summer, Phillip averaged 5.7 points, 1.2 assists and one steal in four games. Phillip has played in Hungary, Spain, Turkey, Israel and most recently in the United Kingdom during his international career.

Last Wednesday, the TBT field found out their seed lines and opponents. Best Virginia received a 3-seed and will take on Brotherly Love in the first round. There’s a potential chance at a Backyard Brawl matchup in the second round vs. Zoo Crew, Pitt’s alumni team.

So far, Best Virginia’s roster consists of Teyvon Myers (G), Jonathan Holton (F), Taz Sherman (G), Wesley Harris (F), Esa Ahmad (F), Sagaba Konate (F), Xavier Bledson (G – Indiana State), Marcus Keene (G – Central Michigan) and Phillip. Harler will serve as head coach with now-assistant Kevin Jones.

As Harler returns, so does Greg Richardson (assistant GM) and Dave Ryan (marketing), who are in the works again with the team.

This will be the first time since 2020 that Best Virginia won’t host their own regional, playing in Charleston and Wheeling the last three summers. Pitt’s alumni team, The Zoo Crew, will do the honors of hosting their own regional this summer at the Petersen Events Center from July 20-24.

The Basketball Tournament is a 64-team field, which the winning team takes home $1 million.

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