Marquette, Wisconsin and UWM basketball players will face off at Summerfest

Several former Wisconsin college basketball stars will participate in a one-of-a-kind “Alumni Charity Challenge” during Summerfest, featuring former stars from the University of Wisconsin, Marquette University and UW- Milwaukee.

On July 8, at the Gruber Law Offices Sportszone near mid-gate on the Summerfest campus, players from each university will meet in a series of shooting competitions, with the winning team awarding the biggest prize to the charity. Of his choice,

The Badgers will support Garding Against Cancer, Marquette will support Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and UWM will support the MACC Fund.

Former Marquette players Travis Diener and Steve Novak will compete for the Golden Eagles, with a third player yet to be announced to join them.

The two Wisconsin natives played on the 2003 team that reached the Final Four, ranking among the best shooters in program history (Novak’s career mark of .461 remains the best in United lore) . Novak played 11 years in the NBA, including briefly for the Milwaukee Bucks, and Diener played five seasons in the NBA.

The Wisconsin representatives will be Ben Brust, Brevin Pritzl and a third player to be announced. Brust played on the 2014 Badgers team that reached the Final Four and can be heard as a color commentator on Milwaukee Bucks radio shows or on a radio show for ESPN Madison and ESPN Milwaukee.

Former UWM players Joah Tucker, Ed McCants and Clay Tucker will represent the Panthers. Clay Tucker appeared on the 2003 Panthers team that reached the NCAA Tournament, McCants on the 2005 team that reached the Sweet 16, and Joah Tucker on the 2005 and 2006 teams that won a first-round game.

Ed McCants, Joah Tucker (facing camera) and teammates huddle together during a break in the action in their game against Boston College of Cleveland in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2005. UW-Milwaukee won, 83 -75.

Each of the three rounds of the shooting competition will award 100 points to the winning team. The team participating in the competition with the most donations will receive 50 points. The team entering the competition with the most money raised will also receive 50 points.

The winning team’s charity partner will receive 60% of the funds, with 20% going to each of the other teams’ charities.

Those who donate $10 or more before the contest will receive a free Summerfest ticket valid for entry from noon to 4 p.m. Donations can be made through the Alumni Charity Challenge webpage located at

JR Radcliffe can be reached at (262) 361-9141 or Follow him on Twitter at @JRRadcliffe.

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