TBT 2021 is still a month and a half away from the announcement, but teams across the basketball tournament continue to fill their rosters. Carmen’s Crew, the Ohio State alumni team, previously announced that a number of core roster members are due to return this summer, but added a few more familiar names on Monday.
According to the official TBT Twitter account, Carmen’s Crew to Bring Back Buckeye’s Former Shooting Guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., as well as power forward Jeff Gibbs. These two join a roster that includes guards Jon diebler, William buford, David Lighty, Shannon Scott and Keyshawn Woods, as well as the big Evan ravenel and Kaleb Wesson and managed by Jared sullinger and Evan turner.
Smith Jr. joined the team last year, only appearing in one game before Carmen’s Crew was upset. Gibbs, who graduated from Otterbein in 2002, joined Carmen’s Crew in 2019, helping the team win their first championship.
The OTC is a 64-team, $ 2 million, win-win-all knockout basketball tournament that started in 2014 with former and current professional basketball players. Originally named Team Scarlet and Gray, a group of Buckeyes, in one or another, have been participating in TBT since 2017.
Smith Jr., originally from Zion, Ill., Was a three-star prospect and the nation’s 26th ranked shooter in the recruiting class of 2010. This class featured artists such as Craft, Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas and was ranked third in the country and first in the Big Ten by the 247Sports Composite.
After signing up for Ohio State, Smith played for Thad Mattathe Scarlet and Gray teams for the next four years. In his freshman with the Buckeyes, Smith played sparingly, averaging 20 games and averaging 4.6 minutes and 1.2 points per game.
After Dielber left, Smith played a much bigger sophomore role in the 2011-12 season. Starring in 39 games, with 37 starts, Smith played 25.4 minutes per contest, averaging 6.8 points and two assists per outing. This Ohio State team was the Big Ten co-champion in the regular season and reached the Final Four of the NCAA tournament before losing to Kansas.
Smith’s progression continued as a junior in 2012-13. That season, the Buckeyes went 29-8 and finished second in the Big Ten regular season, but won the Big Ten tournament before reaching the top eight of the NCAA tournament. Smith started all 37 games, increasing his score to 9.2 points per game and shooting 43% from the field.
To cap off his Buckeyes career as a senior, Smith helped the Scarlet and Gray to a 25-10 record in 2013-14 and another NCAA tournament appearance. He averaged 11 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, a career high that year, and Smith and Craft became the fastest players in Ohio State history with 100 career wins.
After his career as Buckeye, Smith spent a season in the NBA G-League before traveling abroad. He has played for various teams across the pond including Basket Barcelona, Kymis, Hapoel Eilat and his current club, Hapoel Tel Aviv.
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Gibbs was also not drafted after leaving Otterbein in 2002. During his college career, Gibbs helped the Cardinals win the Division III national championship in 2002, averaging 23.5 points, 16.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.4 blocks and 2.3 steals per game as a senior. He was named All-American in basketball and soccer and was the NABC NCAA Division III Player of the Year and a D3hoops.com First Team All-American. In 2008, Gibbs was inducted into the Otterbein Hall of Fame.
The undersized striker, now 40, still plays professionally for Link Tochigi Brex in Japan. Gibbs also played in Germany where he was selected four times in the All-Basketball Bundesliga squad.