Ba to Take 11-Day Trip with Big Ten Foreign Tour Team

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

Player, School Pos.   Yr.    Ht.    Hometown
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

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