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KJ Simpson Set To Play In Spain With USA East Coast

Aug 3, 2022

BOULDER – University of Colorado sophomore guard KJ Simpson is playing for USA East Coast in a men's basketball exhibition series, Aug. 5-7, in Barcelona, Spain.

USA East Coast will play three games against players from Spain's Liga ACB, one of the top basketball circuits in the world. The team will play one game each day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with all games scheduled for 11 a.m. MDT (7 p.m. local).

USA East Coast is comprised of college basketball players from across the country, with the majority representing major conferences such as the Pac-12, ACC, Big Ten and Big East.  The team will be led by Alex Jensen, an assistant coach for the Utah Jazz.

Simpson earned All-Pac-12 Conference Freshman Team honors in 2021-22, averaging 7.4 points per game and leading the Buffaloes in assists (86) and steals (26). His 86 assists tied for the seventh most in a season in team history. A two-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, Simpson led or shared the team lead in assists 15 times and in steals on 12 occasions. He had nine double-figure scoring games, twice leading the Buffaloes in scoring including a career-best 19-point effort at California.

The trip to coincides with the 30th anniversary of the "The Dream Team" at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. USA East Coast will experience activities and educational events pertaining to that Olympic Basketball Tournament that saw Team USA – represented by NBA players for the first time - capture the Gold Medal against Croatia with a 117-85 decision on Aug. 8, 1992.

USA East Coast has provided summer tour for collegiate basketball players since 2006. Recent CU graduate Evan Battey played for USA East Coast in the summer of 2018 on a tour of Italy.

Cory Higgins, Colorado's co-all-time leading scorer (2007-11), plays for FC Barcelona in the Liga ACB, but it's not known at this time if he will be among one of the USA East Coast opponents.

For more information on USA East Coast, follow the team on Twitter at @East_Coast_BBC and on Instagram at GuyRancourtBasketball or visit www.USAEastCoast.com.