Best Virginia, the team of WVU men’s basketball alumni that was slated to play in next month’s The Basketball Tournament, is withdrawing from the event after at least one member of the squad tested positive for COVID-19, according to a tweet from the TBT.
After a team member tested positive for COVID-19, Best Virginia has decided to withdraw from TBT 2020.
They will be replaced in the bracket by Playing For Jimmy V, who will take on Herd That on July 5. pic.twitter.com/sKRL2cbKQ3
— TBT (@thetournament) June 22, 2020
The team had started practicing last week for the single-elimination tournament, which will start July 5 in Columbus, Ohio.
According to a statement from the TBT, “On Thursday, June 18, TBT was informed by Best Virginia that one of its team members had tested positive for COVID-19. TBT immediately initiated its pre-tournament protocol under the guidance of medical advisor Dr. Tom Hospel. Although it was determined that the timing of the positive test could have permitted the remainder of the team to enter into 14-day self-quarantine and frequent-testing protocol (and still participate in the tournament), Best Virginia opted to withdraw from the 24-team field.”
Best Virginia will be replaced in $1 million winner-take-all tournament by Playing for Jimmy V. That club will now take Best Virginia’s spot in the TBT bracket and will meet Herd That, a team featuring many Marshall alums, in the opening round.
“This is a safety-first event,” TBT founder and CEO Jon Mugar stated. “We’re disappointed for the Best Virginia players and fans that they won’t get an opportunity to compete in TBT 2020, and our thoughts are with the player for a speedy recovery. While the virus remains a persistent threat, we have confidence in our health and safety plan and the many safeguards we have put in place to run this year’s tournament.”