Monday, July 18, 2011

Europe '11 -- Villanova to Participate in Eruo Jam 2011

As part of the Villanova Men's team tour of Europe in August, the team will participate in a six team (four men, two women) sortof round robin tournament from August 12 to August 14 in Almere, Netherlands. The tournament, billed as Elite Europe vs USA Basketball will offer eight games in three days, pitting teams from Isreal, Netherlands and Georgia (the Republic of...) against the Wildcats in round robin play. The Boston College women's team will play two games versus the Netherlands Women's team, on August 13 and 14. Villanova's schedule:

DateGame Time (local)Villanova vs...
August 126:00pmIsreal
August 138:00pmNetherlands
August 143:00pmGeorgia

All games to be played in the Topsportcentrum in Almere. Rosters for Isreal and Georgia are posted. Link by clicking on the name in the "Villanova vs..." column. Game times posted are local time GMT -1.

Villanova's posted roster, from the Euro Jam 2011 site, includes a few surprises (I assume they are not accurate):

I. ArmwoodForwardNamed team captain for 2012
James BellGuard/WingU19 Men's Team starter
Dom CheekGuard/WingJunior, time?
Corey FisherPoint GuardGraduated
T. JohnsonGuardFreshman
M. KennedyForward/CenterFreshman
Dallas OuanoGuardBackup
J. PinkstonForwardSuspended 2011
M. SuttonForward/Centera junior in 2012
Maalik WaynsPoint Guarda Junior
A. YacoubouGuard/WingFreshman
M. YarouCentera junior

Corey Fisher and Russell Wooten stand out because they have already graduated (Wooten in 2010, he took graduate course this past year). I suspect that neither will be in the Netherlands playing with the team come August 12. The Wildcats list four freshmen, Tyrone Johnson, Marcus Kennedy, Jayvaughn Pinkston and Achraf Yacoubou are freshmen. NCAA rules indicate that Villanova much have classes running (ie class meetings) for the four to be eligible to play.

This linked page contains videos of several Villanova players.

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