NCAA rules allow a basketball team to take an overseas summer tour once every four years. These trips are a huge advantage as they allow the team to play together and at a high level during a dead period. In addition to improving skills, the trips also bond teams together and help the coaches experiment with different rotations and lineups. In the past BC has traveled to France, Switzerland and Australia. In a little less than a month, BC will take its first trip to Spain. This is our first tour under Donahue and a critical chance for this team to get better. Below are some of the facts, figures, schedules and nuggets about the trip.
- All players can and will attend, including new freshmen Joe Rahon, Olivier Hanlan and incoming Senior Andrew Van Nest. Transfer Alex Dragicevich cannot go.
- Aside from the players, the rest of the travel party includes the coaching staff, a trainer, a sports information director, and two managers.
- Some of the schedule is still being finalized, but here are BC's current plans for games:
- August 27 Madrid - Game 1
- August 29 Valencia – Game 2 (ACB Team - Valencia Basket)
- August 31 Barcelona - Game 3 (ACB Team - Penya or Manresa)
- September 1 Barcelona - Game 4 (LEB Team)
- The team leaves Boston on August 25. In each city they will practice and see some of the local sights. They also have community service time scheduled. The team returns on September 3. Classes begin back in Boston the next day.
- The games will be played with international rules, courts and FIBA balls.
- BC doesn't know if the referees will speak any English (but they're hoping).
For any Eagle fans in Spain, try to catch a game or two. It should be fun. For those of us stateside, there are presently no official broadcasts but I imagine an internet feed will pop up for some of the action.