ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan rising sophomore Amadou Ba (Mauritania, Africa/Bridgton Academy [Maine]) of the men's basketball team has been selected to play with the 2004 Big Ten Conference Foreign Tour team on an 11-day trip (Aug. 10-20) through Europe, with stops in France and Italy.
The touring team, which will be coached by Penn State's Ed DeChellis, will play five exhibition games against top teams from the host countries. The Big Ten team has not made a trip since the 2002 tour of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Joining the 6-10 Wolverine center on the travel roster are: Illinois' Warren Carter, Indiana's Marshall Strickland, Iowa's Adam Haluska, Michigan State's Delco Rowley, Minnesota's Dan Coleman, Northwestern's Davor Duvancic, Ohio State's Matt Marinchick, Penn State's Kevin Fellows and Marlon Smith, Purdue's Brandon McKnight and Wisconsin's Clayton Hanson.
The Big Ten Conference Foreign Tours have given more than 244 student-athletes the opportunity to travel abroad, as the men have toured such places as Japan, France, Italy, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, England and Ireland, while the women have traveled to New Zealand, Hungary, England, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, Slovakia, France and Switzerland. In 11 years, the men's teams have posted a 46-29 record while the women's teams have gone 42-18 over that same span.
2004 Big Ten Men's Basketball Foreign Tour Schedule
Date Opponent/Event Site Aug. 10 Depart for France Aug. 11 No Game Aug. 12 No Game Aug. 13 Frejus Basketball Club Frejus, France Aug. 14 Marseille-Fos Basketball Club Marseille, France Aug. 15 Depart for Italy Aug. 16 Casale Monferrato Basketball Club Casale Monferrato, Italy Aug. 17 No Game Aug. 18 Casalpusterlengo Basketball Club Casalpusterlengo, Italy Aug. 19 Cremona Basketball Club Cremona, Italy Aug. 20 Depart for United States
2004 Big Ten Men's Basketball Foreign Tour Roster
|Warren Carter, Illinois||F||So.||6-9||Dallas, Texas|
|Marshall Strickland, Indiana||G||Jr.||6-2||Winfield, Md.|
|Adam Haluska, Iowa||G||So.||6-5||Carroll, Iowa|
|Amadou Ba, Michigan||C||So.||6-10||Mauritania, Africa|
|Delco Rowley, Michigan State||F||So.||6-8||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|Dan Coleman, Minnesota||F||So.||6-9||Minneapolis, Minn.|
|Davor Davancic, Northwestern||F||Sr.||6-8||Split, Croatia|
|Matt Marinchick, Ohio State||C||Sr.||6-10||Hudson, Ohio|
|Kevin Fellows, Penn State||C||Sr.||6-10||Meridian, Idaho|
|Marlon Smith, Penn State||G||So.||6-0||Bronx, N.Y.|
|Brandon McKnight, Purdue||G||Sr.||6-2||South Bend, Ind.|
|Clayton Hanson, Wisconsin||G||Sr.||6-5||Reedsburg, Wis.|
Head Coach: Ed DeChellis, Penn State
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423