Team WarTampa is a semi-Auburn alum basketball team applying to play in The Basketball Tournament (TBT) 2020. WarTampa’s 10-man roster has four former Auburn players and also several Auburn boosters.
The players play for the team, while the boosters support the team and help grow its following.
On June 16, the 24 teams that TBT officials deem best suited for the tournament will be revealed on the TBT’s selection show. It will be a handpicked field, with selections relying on factors such as a teams’ following and competitiveness on paper. (So, follow WarTampa on Twitter at War_Tampa and Instagram at WarTampa)
With June 16 approaching, WarTampa GM Matt Moschella broke down the WarTampa roster and talked about what to expect from the non-Auburn guys on the roster, how some of the Auburn alums have changed their games, WarTampa’s style of play and more.
Roster Breakdown, in Moschella’s words:
Bryce Brown – Auburn
Shooting Guard, 6’3”
“Bryce is going to be one of our go to guys. We’ll be leaning on him. He’s probably gonna shoot 15 shots a game, and I’ll live with that. He’ll probably make more than he misses.”
DeSean Murray – Auburn
Small Forward, 6’4”
“I truly look at DeSean as if he’s a starter or off the bench, he’ll come in and give us energy and consistent minutes and just play hard. If he plays 10 minutes or 30 minutes, you’re going to get the same energy out of him no matter what.”
LaRon Smith – Auburn
Power Forward, 6’9”
“LaRon is our team captain. Without him, none of this is possible. I truly look at him as the leader of this team.”
Horace Spencer – Auburn
Power Forward, 6’8”
“With Horace, you’re pretty much getting a better version of what he did at Auburn. He blocks shots, he rebounds, and he holds down the paint.”
Fletcher Magee – Wofford
Shooting Guard, 6’4”
“Fletcher is one of the more exciting adds we’ve had, because he’s the all time NCAA leader in three point shots made with 509. We truly believe him and Bryce could be the best shooting combination in the whole tournament. [The rest of the team] should get a lot of open shots thanks to those two guys.”
Justin Gray – Texas Tech
Shooting Guard, 6’6”
“Justin Gray is a solid three or four man. He played on the Texas Tech team that changed the culture over there. In his senior season, they went to the Elite Eight. He was a starter for three years, I believe.”
Walter Hodge – Florida
Point Guard, 6’0”
“Walter Hodge won back to back championships as a freshman and sophomore at UF. We’re excited to have him on as our veteran point guard. He led the Euro Cup in scoring in 2013, I believe it was. He’s on the Virgin Island National Team.”
Brent Jackson – Columbus State University
Shooting Guard, 6’5”
“Brent Jackson has been our leading scorer the last two years in TBT. Through three games, he’s averaged 17 points per game. We’re excited to have him in addition to Bryce and Fletcher.”
Shaun Willet – Queens University
Small Forward, 6’4”
“Shaun Willet is LaRon Smith’s cousin. He went to Queens University. He’s a guy who can play two through four. He causes mismatches all over the board for us.”
Isaiah Williams – Georgia State
Point Guard, 6’2
“We have our point guard from the last couple of years, Isaiah Williams, coming back. He is coming off a high score from last year of 20 against CP3. He gets people the ball in the right spots and can definitely score.”
Former Auburn players as boosters: Marquis Daniels, Chuma Okeke, Austin Wiley, Mustapha Heron, New Williams and TJ Lang.
According to Moschella, there is still a chance WarTampa adds more Auburn players, and maybe even Auburn favorites such as Jared Harper and Malik Dunbar.
“All I can say is we’ve tried to contact them,” said Moschella. “Jared is the tougher one to get, because we don’t know the exact language on his contract.”
According to Moschella, there could be Auburn players other than those two on the horizon. WarTampa boosters such as Heron and Williams have also expressed interest in playing for War Tampa next summer.
Style of Play:
Moschella said WarTampa will play fast and with a run-and-gun style, similar to how the Auburn alums played at Auburn.
“It’s a great connection to have those four guys,” Moschella said. “I think you’re going to see a lot of them playing together. Our style of play is like the Warriors. We’re gonna be shooting 30 threes a game.”
However, Moschella said WarTampa also has the pieces necessary to slow down games.
“This whole team is a great mixture of guys,” Moschella said. “I think we’re gonna be more of a run and gun team. But with Walter Hodge on the team as a veteran, when we need to slow down and control the game, we can definitely do that.”
“It’s going to be a good summer, and I’m sure we’ll see more Auburn people supporting us too,” Moschella said.