The Husky hoops team is going global this summer. On Thursday, head coach Lorenzo Romar announced that the team will taking 15-day trip overseas with stops on two continents and seven scheduled games to in preparation for the upcoming season.
Washington will have stops in Spain, France, Monaco and Senegal on the trip, which will last roughly two weeks.
“Foreign tours are fantastic for the overall well-being of the student athlete,” Romar said. “It’s always a great cultural experience.”
This will be the second time Washington has taken a trip out of the country with Romar as the head coach. In 2007, UW traveled to Greece for some games. NCAA teams are allowed one foreign tour every four years.
This tour will be extra special because of the final leg of the trip. Washington will travel to Senegal, home of senior center Aziz N’Diaye. Romar often schedules home games for seniors in their home towns. The Huskies will play a game in Dakar Senegal. But they will also host and take part in several basketball camps and clinics as part of World Vision’s Area Development Program.
“You do home visits with kids when you are recruiting them and you meet parents and have an opportunity to see their world,” Romar said. “In this case, we not only get to see Aziz’s world, but his family and friends get to see the group he has been living with the last couple of years.”
The team along with other Washington personnel will leave Seattle on Aug. 25. The first stop is in Barcelona, Spain. UW will stay until there four days and play two games. Washington will then travel by bus to Nice, France for a three-day stop and two more games. It will be followed by two more games in three days in Monaco. From there they will fly to Paris on Sept. 2 and play two more games, before traveling to Senegal for a three-day stay. They will arrive back in Seattle on Sept. 9.
“We’re playing some of the highest level teams internationally,” Romar said. “We will play against some very tough competition. We’re playing to win, but you’re also trying to get better so you always want to play the best.”
As part of the trip, the players will be taking on class on the cultural and historical landmarks they will visit along the way.
In preparation for the trip, the team is allowed 10 practices. All players that are eligible to play this upcoming season, including incoming freshmen and perspective redshirts can participate. With Washington replacing Terrence Ross, Tony Wroten and Darnell Gant from last season, it could be beneficial in on building team chemistry.
“With the new rule that allows freshmen and new players to practice with you, it gives you another great opportunity to acclimate your new players early,” Romar said. “We’re going to play seven games so everyone is going to get quality minutes It’s going to be an overall great experience for all and a great chance for the team to bond.”