CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team took part in the first of 10 practices for its 10-day foreign tour to Italy on Tuesday, Aug. 6. The Islanders will play at least three games against professional Italian teams during the trip, which runs from August 20-30.
"This is going to be a spectacular opportunity for our players, not just to experience the Italian culture, but to suit up against professional players," head coach Willis Wilson said. "The bonding experience on a trip like that is unparalleled, and it will bring us together both on and off the court. Great teams are assembled when the sum is greater than the parts, and this trip puts us in position to develop our teamwork in a way that should make it so."
The NCAA allows men's basketball teams to take one foreign tour every four years to play professional teams overseas. In order to prepare for this, the program is allowed 10 additional practices before the start of the tour. Normally, before the start of the official practice season, coaches are limited to two hours of skill instruction per week with their teams.
In order for players to take part in the foreign tour, they need to be eligible to compete for the upcoming fall semester. Incoming freshmen need to have taken at least six credits during the summer session to join the team.
The Islanders depart out of Houston on Tuesday, Aug. 20, arriving in Milan the morning of Aug. 21. After four days in Milan, the team heads to Florence from Aug. 25-27, and will conclude its trip from Aug. 27-30 in Rome. Information on the Islanders' official schedule of games for the tour is still yet to be finalized.
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