Aaron Craft, Jared Sullinger, Jon Diebler Talk The Basketball Tournament, Ohio State, NIL

The Basketball Tournament is ramping up and getting ready to tip off this Friday. The winner-takes-all tournament awards $1 million to the tourney champs. Once again, a team made up mostly of former Buckeyes — ‘Carmen’s Crew’ is taking part and the games in their region will take place in the Covelli Center on the Ohio State campus. The semifinals and finals will then take place in Dayton.

Several members of this year’s Carmen’s Crew squad talked to the media this week and they covered a wide variety of topics.

Head coach Jared Sullinger spoke with reporters about bringing Aaron Craft back, the difficulties of losing last year and the lessons learned, and much more.

Aaron Craft spoke about his current life in medical school and why he wanted to play with Carmen’s Crew one more time. He also discussed the advent of name, image, and likeness and the impact it could have on college basketball.

Jon Diebler was asked about the current Ohio State basketball squad, his thoughts on Chris Holtmann welcoming back past Buckeyes, his recent hole-in-one that was actually a par, and his thoughts on name, image, and likeness and the possible impact it can have on a locker room.

Carmen’s Crew is the No. 1 seed in the Columbus Regional and will open play on Friday night at 9 p.m. against Mid American Unity. Carmen’s Crew is organized and coached by Jared Sullinger and Dallas Lauderdale will serve as an assistant coach.

Carmen’s Crew’s current roster includes:

David Lighty (2006-11)
Jon Diebler (2007-11)
William Buford (2008-12)
Kosta Koufos (2008)
Aaron Craft (2010-14)
Lenzelle Smith Jr. (2010-14)
Evan Ravenel (2011-13)
Shannon Scott (2011-15)
Keyshawn Woods (2018-19)
Jeff Gibbs (Otterbein)
Julian Mavunga (Miami OH)

Columbus Regional Schedule

Date                Time            Rd       Game              Matchup        

Fri 7/23           2p EDT        1          Game 1           (5) The Money Team vs (12) The Region – ESPN3
Fri 7/23           4p EDT        1          Game 2           (4) Team Hines vs (13) Brown & White – ESPN3
Fri 7/23           7p EDT        1          Game 3           (8) Men of Mackey vs (9) Ballinteers – ESPN
Fri 7/23           9p EDT        1          Game 4           (1) Carmen’s Crew vs (16) Mid American Unity – ESPN
Sat 7/24          1p EDT        1          Game 5           (7) Wolf Blood vs (10) Category 5 – ESPN3
Sat 7/24          3p EDT        1          Game 6           (2) Red Scare vs (15) BC Vahakni City – ESPN3
Sat 7/24          6p EDT        1          Game 7           (6) Blue Collar U vs (11) The Nerd Team – ESPN2
Sat 7/24          8p EDT        1          Game 8           (3) Zip ‘Em Up vs (14) Ohio 1804 – ESPN2
Sun 7/25        2p EDT        2          Game 9           Game 5 Winner vs Game 6 Winner – ESPN
Sun 7/25        4p EDT        2          Game 10        Game 3 Winner vs Game 4 Winner – ESPN
Sun 7/25        7p EDT        2          Game 11        Game 1 Winner vs Game 2 Winner – ESPN3
Sun 7/25        9p EDT        2          Game 12        Game 7 Winner vs Game 8 Winner – ESPN3
Tue 7/27        7p EDT        3          Game 13        Game 9 Winner vs Game 12 Winner – ESPN
Tue 7/27        9p EDT        3          Game 14        Game 10 Winner vs Game 11 Winner – ESPN