COLUMBUS, OH. (WLFI) — The Men of Mackey, Purdue's Alumni basketball squad, is just over 24 hours away from their first game in the 2020 TBT in Columbus, Ohio. As of this morning, they'll have to win that game without the help of another former Boilermaker. Johnny Hill withdrew from the team today after testing positive for COVID-19. Hill says he's feeling alright and will continue his isolation from his Columbus hotel room.
"Unfortunately I will not be able to compete in the 2020 TBT with the Men of Mackey. Took my final COVID test and tested positive for it. I'm doing fine. I don't really have any symptoms. Right now I'm just quarantining and trying to stay out of contact with everyone," said Hill in a video message released on Twitter.
All players entering the TBT went through a mandatory quarantine before entering practice or team meetings. Men of Mackey General Manager Ryan Kay confirmed to Sports 18 that Hill has not had contact with any other members of the Men of Mackey. The rest of the team will still be allowed to play tomorrow.
The rest of the Tournament began today, marking the first, live, nationally televised basketball game since early March. The #19 seeded Purdue Alumni squad will take on the #14 seeded Team Heartfire tomorrow night at 7pm.