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Sean McNeil, Chase Harler Joining Best Virginia in TBT

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Sean McNeil shoots a free throws after a TCU technical (WVSN photo by Kelsie LeRose)

Former Mountaineer guards Sean McNeil and Chase Harler are set to play for Best Virginia in the TBT tournament later this month, per the TBT website. McNeil will make his Best Virginia debut while Harler played with the team in 2021.

McNeil spent three seasons at West Virginia from 2019-22. The Union, KY, native scored 900 points in 89 career games for the Mountaineers. McNeil was a key piece to the 2021 NCAA Tournament team that earned a 3-seed, advancing to the round of 32. McNeil averaged 12.2 points during his senior campaign, shooting 37 percent from three. McNeil played his final season of college at Ohio State this past season.

Harler was a part of two Sweet 16 teams in 2017 and 2018, playing in 116 career games for the Mountaineers. After his playing career at West Virginia, Harler went on to sign with Palangos Kursiai, a Lithuanian league team. Harler spent two years playing professional basketball and has recently taken role with Country Roads Trust, WVU’s NIL collective.

McNeil and Harler join an official roster of John Flowers (F), Kevin Jones (F), Kedrian Johnson (G), Nathan Adrian (F) and Teyvon Myers (G). Former WVU G James Long will be coaching the team for a third-straight tournament.

Best Virginia received the No. 1-seed in the Wheeling regional of the TBT tournament. The super regional will take place from July 25-30 at Wesbanco Arena. Best Virginia will take on Dubois Dream in the first round. Herd That (Marshall) and Zoo Crew (Pitt) will play in the first round as well with the winner potentially facing Best Virginia in the next round.

This marks Best Virginia’s third-straight summer of hosting a regional; two in Charleston (2021-22) and now Wheeling (2023). Best Virginia made a run to the Elite-8 in Dayton, the closest the group has been to the $1 million prize.

Best Virginia is an all-time 6-2 record in their TBT history, dating back to 2019.

Wheeling will be one of TBT’s eight regional locations this summer. Eight teams will compete in the West Virginia Regional over the course of five days in July in the single-elimination event, with the West Virginia Regional champion advancing to the quarterfinals.

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

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