Brad Everett profiles Allderdice boys basketball coach Buddy Valinsky, who will coach a team of former Pitt players in a tournament next month.
"Buddy Valinsky has been on a tremendous run as the coach at Allderdice High School, guiding the Dragons to 92 wins, four City League titles and an appearance in the PIAA final over the past four seasons.
Next week, Valinsky will find himself coaching a team consisting of former college stars and names familiar to local basketball fans.
On the line? Oh, just a measly $2 million.
Valinsky will coach Zoo Crew, a Pitt alumni team competing in The Basketball Tournament, a single-elimination tournament with a winner-take-all prize of $2 million. The tournament, which is in its fourth year, continues to grow in popularity and will have its games televised on the ESPN family of networks. Zoo Crew includes former Pitt stars Levance Fields, Ashton Gibbs and Chevy Troutman, and will play its opening game July 8 at Philadelphia University. Ticket information and the full bracket can be found at www.thetournament.com."