PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- The Big Ten Conference, along with University of Michigan basketball coach Tommy Amaker, has announced the 11-man Big Ten Foreign Tour Team roster, which will travel through Australia, Aug. 8-18. The touring team is tentatively scheduled to play a four-game exhibition schedule against top teams from Sydney and Brisbane, Australia.
"We look forward to getting everyone together in training camp and then taking our group to Australia," said Amaker. "It is truly an honor to participate, and we all look forward to representing the Big Ten Conference abroad."
The Wolverines will have two representatives on the 2006 squad as fifth-year senior Lester Abram (Pontiac, Mich./Pontiac Northern HS) and sophomore Jerret Smith (Romulus, Mich./Romulus HS) will travel to Australia. Abram, who returns for a fifth year after being granted a medical hardship, averaged 10.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 26.2 minutes per game last season. In his first season with the Maize and Blue, Smith played in 27 games with two starts. He averaged 2.4 points, 1.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 14.5 minutes per game as a freshman.
Joining Abram and Smith on the tour will be: Illinois forward Marcus Arnold, Indiana guard Roderick Wilmont, Iowa center Seth Gorney, Michigan State guard Travis Walton, Minnesota center Jon Williams, Northwestern forward Tim Doyle, Ohio State guard Ron Lewis, Penn State guard Michael Walker and Purdue forward Gordon Watt. Wisconsin will not have a representative on the 2006 squad.
All 11 members of the Big Ten Touring team will gather in Ann Arbor, Mich., Friday through Monday (Aug. 4-7) for a four-day training camp at Crisler Arena before departing for Australia.
The Big Ten Foreign Tours have given more than 292 student-athletes the opportunity to travel abroad, as the men have toured such places as Spain, Japan, France, Italy, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, England and Ireland. In 13 years, the men's teams have posted a 51-34 record.
2006 Big Ten Men's Basketball Foreign Tour Roster
|Player, School||Pos.||Yr.||Ht.||Hometown||Player Bio|
|Marcus Arnold, Illinois||F||Sr.||6-9||Chicago, Ill.||Bio|
|Roderick Wilmont, Indiana||G||Sr.||6-4||Miramar, Fla.||Bio|
|Seth Gorney, Iowa||C||Jr.||7-0||Vandalia, Ohio||Bio|
|Lester Abram, Michigan||W||5th-Sr.||6-6||Pontiac, Mich.||Bio|
|Jerret Smith, Michigan||G||So.||6-3||Romulus, Mich.||Bio|
|Travis Walton, Michigan State||G||So.||6-2||Lima, Ohio||Bio|
|Jonathan Williams, Minnesota||F/C||So.||6-9||St. Cloud, Minn.||Bio|
|Tim Doyle, Northwestern||F||5th-Sr.||6-5||Merrick, N.Y.||Bio|
|Ron Lewis, Ohio State||G||Sr.||6-4||Columbus, Ohio||Bio|
|Michael Walker, Penn State||G||Jr.||6-2||Lewisberry, Pa.||Bio|
|Gordon Watt, Purdue||F||So.||6-6||Evanston, Ill.||Bio|
Head Coach: Tommy Amaker, Michigan
Big Ten Release
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