“The Commonwealth” was the name of the UMass alumni team in The Basketball Tournament 2023. Former Minutemen have played in the TBT before, but never before united as an entire team of alumni.
The team was backed by The Mass. Collective, UMass basketball's NIL organization.
The team started practices / training camp on July 20, at the Champions Center at UMass.
UMass looked sharp to start, and built a 24-5 lead, but the Dream found their form and ultimately won, 79-73, and eliminated The Commonwealth.
|Lee, Anthony||F||6-9||Temple / Ohio State 2011-15|
|Wright, Ethan||G||6-3||Princeton / Colorado 2019-23|
Most players are former Minutemen. The exceptions:
Jabarie Hinds and Cady Lalanne were both originally planning to play with us, but injuries will prevent them from doing so.2)
Donte Clark had a family issue come up and prevented him from joining the team.3)
Article: Meet the TBT team
Raphiael Putney (UMass class of 2014) is also playing in the TBT, but for Team Heartfire (Wichita Region). Putney played with them in 2022,4) before most of the other UMass alumni played in the TBT, and committed before UM's 2023 team was official.5) Heartfire won the 2023 tournament and Putney took home a share of $70k. Putney's player page.