Scoring machine. NBA All-Star. Now we can add “Coach” to Damian Lillard’s accolades, at least in a small role.
Lillard has agreed to coach a team of Weber State alumni in The Basketball Tournament, an annual competition of players not currently under NBA contracts.
The team, called the Wasatch Front, is among the teams in the running to qualify for the tournament. Teams are selected by fan votes. Currently, the team is in 13th place in voting in the Western regional. Only the top nine teams from each region are assured a spot in the final tournament field.
If the team makes the field, Lillard would coach alongside Mario Caetano, who was an assistant coach at Northern New Mexico College for five seasons.
Among the players on the team are Lillard’s former college teammates Kellen McCoy and Steve Panos.
The tournament (abbreviated TBT) is in its fourth year of running, with a $2 million pot. The finals will be broadcast on ESPN.
Voting for teams ends June 1st. Fans can vote on the team’s page.
Lillard played four seasons at Weber State, averaging 24.5 points per game in his senior season. He is the second-leading scorer in team history behind Bruce Collins, who played from 1976-1980.