Men's Basketball Readies For Spain Trip, Departs Saturday
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s basketball team has been practicing this summer in preparation for its foreign trip and has accelerated its practice this week, leading up for the Spartans’ departure for Spain Saturday afternoon. UNCG will be in Spain from August 6-13 and will play four games during the trip.
The Spartans will travel to Madrid on arrival into Spain before making their way south to their primary base for the trip, Malaga, the hometown of junior guard Francis Alonso (Malaga, Spain/Cushing Academy). UNCG will play one game in Malaga, while also playing games during trips to the cities of Grenada and Sevilla in the Andalusia region.
The Spartans return 13 members from last year’s record-setting team that won the Southern Conference regular season championship. UNCG posted a program-record 25-10 overall record last year and a 14-4 SoCon mark as it advanced to the postseason for the second-straight year and fifth time overall with its appearance in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).
Alonso returns for his third year after earning All-Southern Conference honors last season. He led the team in scoring with 14.9 points per game and set the UNCG single-season record with 102 made 3-pointers. Senior forward Marvin Smith (Richmond, Va./Fork Union Military Academy) returns after starting 34 games last year, averaging 9.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Senior forward Jordy Kuiper (Groningen, Netherlands/Canaries Basketball Academy) is back for his final season after starting 24 games last year. Kuiper averaging 5.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 53.1 percent (78-of-147) from the field. Sophomore forward James Dickey (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God) earned SoCon All-Freshman Team honors last season after averaging 6.3 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game.
Junior guard Demetrius Troy (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God) returns after playing in 34 games last year, averaging 6.9 points and dishing out 117 assists. Sophomores Malik Massey (Charlotte, N.C./New Hampton) and Kyrin Galloway (Milton, Ga./Milton) are back for their second years with the program after playing 35 and 29 games, respectively. Seniors Justin Jordan (Davidson, N.C./Milwaukee) and Garrett Collins (Asheville, N.C./Fishburne Military Academy) round out the senior class for the Spartans on the trip.
The foreign trip will also allow for redshirt freshman Kylia Sykes (Washington, D.C./St. John’s College) to make his first appearances in a Spartan uniform. Junior transfer Eric Hamilton (Atlanta, Ga./Wichita State) will also be making his first appearances on the court as he is eligible to play in Spain despite having to sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Follow the official website, www.uncgspartans.com, throughout the summer for updates leading up to the Spain trip and for information throughout the nine-day trip. Additionally, follow on Twitter @UNCGBasketball and @UNCGsports.
UNCG-Spain Trip Itinerary
Saturday, August 5
Travel from Charlotte to Madrid
Sunday, August 6
Practice at Real Madrid Facility
Monday, August 7
Game vs. U16 Spain Team
Train to Malaga, Spain
Tuesday, August 8
Game vs. Malaga Select 7 p.m. Local time – (1 p.m. ET)
Wednesday, August 9
Free day in Malaga
Thursday, August 10
Travel to Granada, Spain
Game vs. Granada Select at noon Local time – (6 a.m. ET)
Friday, August 11
Travel to Sevilla, Spain
Game vs. Sevilla Select at 8 p.m. Local time – (2 p.m. ET)
Saturday, August 12
Free day in Sevilla, Spain
Train to Madrid
Sunday, August 13
Travel from Madrid to Charlotte
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