The 2022 Defeat Diabetes roster sported 7 players, headlined by former NBA forward Gary Forbes. The 37-year-old Forbes spent two seasons in the NBA, playing with both the Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors. Interestingly, he was part of the trade package that sent current Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry from Houston to the Raptors in 2012.
Forbes played in previous TBT events for the Talladega Knights (2017) and Gael Nation (2018). He played collegiately at both Virginia (2003-05) and UMass (2006-08), earning Atlantic 10 Player of the Year honors in 2008.
Gary Forbes is one of three players with Type-1 diabetes to play in the NBA. Following his stellar college career, Forbes joined Chris Dudley and Adam Morrison as the only other players in NBA history with Type-1 diabetes.
The team’s co-founder, Jalen Nesbitt, recently played for Almansa in the Spain-LEB Gold league during the 2021-22 season. Nesbitt starred at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, from 2013-15. As a senior, Nesbitt started in all 35 games for UNF while averaging 10.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists per game. He 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.
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.”
Rest of the TBT 2022 Defeat Diabetes Roster
Alante’ Fenner and Taveion Hollingsworth were later additions to the Defeat Diabetes squad as guards. Fenner played his collegiate years at Savannah State has played in Europe since in countries most recently including Denmark and Cyprus. Additionally, Fenner has experience in the TBT as he played with Florida TNT in the 2021 tournament.
Taveion Hollingsworth started all four years at Western Kentucky University, averaging 14.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game. Most recently, he played in Austria before joining Defeat Diabetes.
Demonte Flannigan excelled at Cleveland State, where he played under head coach Gary Waters, who also coached former Miami Heat guard Norris Cole. After college, Flannigan has played in the top leagues in the UK, Denmark, and Georgia.
Brevin Priztl led the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage during conference play (53.5) as a junior at Wisconsin in the 2018-19 season. He had played professionally in Serbia and Denmark.
Zac Seljaas played four years at BYU before playing professionally in Georgia for BC Vera. The 24-year-old averaged 22.1 PPG and 12.0 RPG during the 2021-22 season there.