Tennessee men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin said he's looking forward to rising sophomore Josh Richardson picking up "some tricks of the trade" from his teammates with the Athletes in Action basketball program these next few weeks.
The 10-member team, which will play an exhibition tour in Poland and Germany May 26-June 10, was announced on Monday.
Richardson, who can play small forward, shooting guard and point guard, is the lone member from an SEC school.
"I think this will give Josh a chance to gauge himself against guys from different programs,'' said Martin, who played a professional season in Italy in 1997. "The talent level is raised, and you can learn a lot of tricks of the trade from different players and teammates.
"Off the court, it's a cultural experience getting the opportunity to experience Poland and Germany.''
The team will tour the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp while on the trip.
Baylor director of operations Tim Maloney will coach the team, with assistance from Liberty graduate assistant Pawel Mrozik. Tarleton State's Steve Simpson will serve as the team athletic trainer.
The trip begins with five practice days in Poland, after which it will play three games against the Polish National Team (June 1-3) before traveling to Germany to face five professional club teams (Essen, Dusseldorf, Paderborn, Alba and Stahnsdorf). Athletes
Athletes In Action is a Christian sports organization that's active in 75 countries, on nearly 125 U.S. college campuses and with 35 U.S. professional sports teams.
In addition to Richardson, a defensive stopper who started nine games for the Vols and averaged 2.9 points and 16 minutes per contest, the team includes:
Deuce Bello, guard, Baylor
Drew Barham, guard, Memphis
Daniel Coursey, center, Mercer
Christian Garrett, guard, Kansas
Karol Gruszecki, guard, Texas-Arlington
Brady Heslip, guard, Baylor
Jordan Juenemann, guard, Kansas
Akii Mitchell, forward, Virginia
Jordan Reeves, center, Texas-Arlington
Jamil Wilson, forward, Marquette
Interviews Begin: Martin said he will begin interviewing for the vacant strength and conditioning coaching position today after Troy Wills was not retained.
"We'll fill the spot when we find the best candidate,'' Martin said. "Hopefully, that will be in the next two weeks.''
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