Dorian Tyler to Tour Europe With Global Sports Academy
Aug. 8, 2011
CHICAGO -Senior-to-be Dorian Tyler will represent the UIC men's basketball team in Belgium, Germany and London from August 9-17 as part of the "Global Sports Academy" Summer Tour. Tyler will be one of 10 Division I players on the team, which will play five games against European club teams.
Tyler, who has never traveled outside of the United States, is excited about the opportunity to experience the culture and to compete against a different playing style.
"Coach Moore came to me near the end of the season with the opportunity," said Tyler. "I finished the season strong last year, and since I'm expecting to have even a bigger role this season, we agreed that this would be a good on-the-court experience for me.
"But besides the basketball, I'm excited about the opportunity to visit four European cities in nine days - not a lot of people can say that they have had that experience. It's going to be great being exposed to the way they play over there, too. I'm sure those teams are going to be very fundamentally sound, so we're going to have to play well as a team."
The team will fly into Brussels, Belgium on Wednesday, August 10. On Thursday, August 11, Tyler and his teammates will visit the Concentration Camp "Breendonk," a national memorial recognizing the suffering and cruelty that had been inflicted on the prisoners during World War II. Global Sports will also play its first game of the tour against BC Geel.
On Friday, August 12, the team will travel to Amsterdam, and play a game against Holland's National Under-23 team in Leiden. The following day, the team will sight-see in Amsterdam, including visiting the Anne Frank House and Royal Palace. Global Sports' third game of the tour, against Leiden 2, will also be played on August 13.
On Sunday, August 14, the team will travel back to the Brussels area, and stay in a hotel in Mechelen. Global Sports will then take on Basics Melsele in the fourth game of the tour. The next day, the team will take a day trip to London, followed by a tour of Bruges on Tuesday, August 16. Global Sports will also play its fifth and final game of the tour on that day, before returning to the United States on August 17.
Other members of the Global Sports Academy team will include: Gerard Coleman (Providence), Kadeem Batts (Providence), Nick Pascale (Colgate), Mike Venezia (Colgate), Kelvin Gaines (Cincinnati), Jamail Jones (Marquette), Michael Bradley (UConn), Caleb Patterson (Missouri State) and Justin Drummond from Loyola (Md.).