Team Defeat Diabetes stands as one of the first-year teams joining TBT in 2022. Playing for those living with Type-1 Diabetes, this team finds itself placed in the Xavier Regional for the tournament. Leading the team for the 2022 competition is co-founder Jalen Nesbitt.
Jalen Nesbitt’s Journey to TBT 2022
Ahead of his first appearance at TBT, Jalen Nesbitt starred at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, from 2013-15. As a senior, he started in all 35 games for UNF while averaging 10.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists per game.
Nesbitt helped UNF capture the program’s first Atlantic Sun Conference regular season title and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. What’s more, Nesbitt still holds UNF single-season records for steals and free throws in the school’s division-1 era.
Prior to UNF, Nesbitt played two seasons at Spartanburg Methodist College. He helped lead the Pioneers to a pair of regular season and conference tournament championships including a 35-1 record in 2012-13.
Nebitt’s post-college career led him to join the professional ranks in Europe. Over the last seven years, Nesbitt gained playing experience in countries including Denmark, Slovakia, and Spain. What’s more, Nesbitt earned MVP honors while playing in Slovakia. He also earned Guard of the Year his second year in Spain. Most recently, Nesbitt played for Almansa in the Spain-LEB Gold league during the 2021-22 season.
In each of his six campaigns overseas, Nesbitt averaged double-figures in points-per-game. He’s an efficient scorer, which is evidenced by his 50 percent shooting performance last season in Spain. Nesbitt has never shot below 48.5 percent from the field in any season overseas.
❗️PLAYER ANNOUNCEMENT❗️Please welcome to the team co-founder Jalen Nesbitt for the 22 @thetournament 💪
— Defeat Diabetes TBT (@DefeatT1DMtbt) April 11, 2022
Jalen Nesbitt Co-Founds Defeat Diabetes for TBT 2022
In its first year at TBT, Defeat Diabetes hopes to benefit those individuals living with Type-1 diabetes. The squad is sponsored by the JDRF, formerly known as by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and will donate a portion of their winnings to the foundation.
Former University of North Florida star Jalen Nesbitt co-founded team Defeat Diabetes for TBT 2022 with his fiancé, Cristina Desemone. Nesbitt, a Spartanburg, South Carolina native, sports seven years of professional basketball experience in Europe. Desemone, meanwhile, stands as GM for Defeat Diabetes. In addition, Desemone, who has been living with Type-1 diabetes since 2006, is a registered dietitian specializing in performance nutrition. She works with athletes to help them reach their performance goals and prepare them for an elite level of play. The couple felt the Basketball Tournament provided a solid platform from which to advocate for those with diabetes.
“Jalen Nesbitt, the cofounder, did all the recruiting which was incredible to watch because it was not easy but he loves it,” Desemone told Game of Inches Report. “He reached out to numerous athletes that would fit in our squad and from a couple of our recruits, we had guys reach out to us asking to join our team.”
Nesbitt says he’s “excited to bring awareness to Type-1 diabetes.” The 28-year-old shooting guard stands “ready to compete and win this million dollars.”
— Defeat Diabetes TBT (@DefeatT1DMtbt) May 15, 2022
Jalen Nesbitt Highlights Ahead of TBT 2022
The Basketball Tournament, known by many these days as TBT, stands as one of the more popular forms of summer basketball for fans to enjoy. The tournament hosts 64 teams playing in a single-elimination bracket for a winner-take-all $1 million prize. The teams are made up largely of professional and former college stars. Some represent their former schools while others play on sponsored teams, like team Defeat Diabetes.
You can help support Defeat Diabetes at this link here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/6r66y-defeat-diabetes-tbt