Eastern Florida State College Basketball Coach Jeremy Shulman Named Head Coach of TBT Team This Summer
By Space Coast Daily // May 23, 2023
Games are scheduled to begin July 19
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida State College men’s basketball coach Jeremy Shulman has been named a head coach of a team in TBT, a single-elimination tournament for a million dollars.
“I never would have thought this opportunity would come and I am very humbled and very grateful. It has not even fully set in yet just how cool of an opportunity this is,” Shulman said.
“I have already reached out to some guys who have coached in the past and I am trying to learn. I think I can become a better coach this summer, so many things that it can open your eyes to and coaching a bunch of high-level pros and coaching against pros, it is going to be a great opportunity.”
The JUCO Products will feature former junior college standouts including some former Titans that coach Shulman coached.
The 2023 tournament, which will be shown on ESPN and ESPN2, will be in celebrating its 10th season and will be played in eight different cities around the country in July and August.
“I don’t have a lot of say in who will be on the roster but the GM did pick some former Titans in CJ Jackson, BJ Gladden and hopefully Noah Horchler, it is going to be really cool,” Shulman said.
“To coach those guys again, you know when they left Eastern Florida I thought I would never get to coach these guys again and to get the chance to do that again for a few weeks is going to be an unbelievable experience.”
The JUCO Products will be part of a 64-team tournament comprised of some of the best basketball players around the country. Last season Blue Collar U won the title led by C.J. Massinburg who was the Most Valuable Player.
“There has been talk for years that someone needed to do a JUCO team in the TBT, there are a lot of alumni teams, Ohio State Alumni Team, The Big Ten Alumni Team, Syracuse has Boeheim’s Army and there are just all of these great teams so there has always been talk about the need for a JUCO team. Thankfully, Brandon Noble at JUCO Advocate and a few other guys put a team together,” Shulman said.
Shulman, who was a court coach during the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Training Camp, was originally helping get in contact with a couple of players, but then was asked if he wanted to be the head coach.
It did not take him long to say yes. And now he has already begun thinking about how to get the team ready in the three-day training camp before games start in the middle of July.
“It will be very unique, trying to get nine individuals together that haven’t played with each other and are playing in different pro leagues around the world. I will just try to get everyone on the same page and find out what we can do and what we can’t do really. It is going to be a really interesting puzzle,” Shulman said.
“I am trying to communicate with as many former coaches as I can because I don’t want to be too ambitious, keep it simple but not street ball. Just trying to find that balance is going to be the biggest challenge, and of course all nine guys are coming from big programs and deserve to play, so finding a good balance will be key.”
Games are scheduled to begin July 19.