Ohio State's alumni team Scarlet & Gray made it to the final four of The Basketball Tournament last summer, and made a statement Monday morning that it is coming for the title this year.
The team announced that it is not only bringing last year's leading scorer Jared Sullinger back, but is also adding former No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick Greg Oden to the roster.
Oden, who is currently serving as a student assistant coach on Chris Holtmann's staff, has not played competitive basketball since the 2015-16 season when he played in China for the Jiangsu Dragons. He was added to the BIG3 draft in April, but went undrafted.
Oden was added to last year's Scarlet & Gray roster, only to be removed just weeks before the tournament and replaced by Sullinger.
The two Buckeye big men join a roster that is already stacked with talent. Ohio State's alumni squad is already set to welcome back the likes of William Buford, Aaron Craft, Jon Diebler, Dallas Lauderdale and David Lighty from last year's team while also adding Byron Mullens to the roster.
The team is coached by Ohio State's Director of Player Development and former Buckeye point guard Scoonie Penn, who will have former Buckeye legend Evan Turner as his assistant.
“We have an unparalleled mix of size, speed and shooting,” Penn said in a press release. “We can’t wait to reunite in front of our Columbus fans for a chance at that $2 million prize.”
Scarlet & Gray is set to take the court July 21 at 4 p.m. from Capital University's Performance Arena for its first round contest. The game will be televised on ESPN.