It's been a while since we checked in on former Penn State flamethrower Talor Battle. At last check, the Nittany Lion legend was starting at point guard for Belfius Mons-Hainaut in Belgium's top basketball league, and he's currently averaging 11.2 points, 3.1 assists and 2.9 rebounds for the club.
Basically, things are going well for Battle, but odds are he's still itching to get back to the United States and ball out. Fortunately, he's going to get the chance to do that this summer, when he suits up for Team SLAM in The Basketball Tournament. Don't know what TBT is? Let the place where I interned a few years ago give you some details:
You might have heard about The Basketball Tournament, an annual hoops tourney that anyone can enter, with the winning squad taking home a cool $1 million. (Last year the prize was $500,00.) The first rounds of this year’s tournament will be taking place in four different locations across the country in mid-July, with two more rounds in Chicago in late July and then the semis and finals in New York City on August 1 and 2. (The finals will be aired live on ESPN.)
Last week, it was officially announced that the team – which is sponsored by the magazine – added Battle. He joins a pretty loaded roster, which includes former Big East Defensive Player of the Year Josh Boone and ex-All-SEC selection Erik Murphy, among other players. If you want to check out the roster, here is the team's official page. Battle made it onto the team because he's close with one of its players, former Providence guard Donnie McGrath. The two played together with Cholet Basket in the French League in 2011 and have kept in touch ever since, according to Team SLAM GM Ross Burns.
You can sign up to support the squad, and you can get various prizes based on how many people you get to sign up. If you're interested in becoming a fan of Talor's team, go here, sign up for a free account and write in "SLAM" when it asks which team you want to support (make sure you support SLAM and not Los Angeles Slam). Then if you want to win stuff and help the team grow even more, you can recruit people yourself.
If you want more info on TBT, including what prizes you can win and what has to happen for Talor's squad to appear on ESPN/ESPNU, here's everything you'd need to know.
While we wish best of luck to all of the teams in the field, only one team has the guy who carried Penn State to the Big Ten Tournament finals and an NCAA Tournament birth in 2011. So go Team SLAM, and kill it, Talor.