Cal To Take Preseason Foreign Tour To Europe
UPDATE (Aug. 14): Cal will face the Chinese National Team on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. local time (9:30 a.m. PT) in Noisy-le-Grand, outside of Paris. The Bears were previously scheduled to play Vanves GPSO.
BERKELEY – The California men's basketball team will take a preseason foreign tour to the European countries of France, Belgium and Germany from Aug. 12-22 and play three games over the 10-day trip.
The Golden Bears will face Vannves GPSO in Paris on Aug. 16, Spirou Basket in Charleroi, Belgium on Aug. 18 and Bayer Giants Leverkusen in Leverkusen, Germany on Aug. 20. Further information surrounding the three games will be detailed at a later date.
"It's been great to be able to practice leading up to our foreign tour; the 10 practices are just as important as our 10 days spent together in Europe," Cal head coach Mark Fox said. "I'm excited to see this group start to build chemistry together on the court and this trip abroad will help them continue to foster relationships with one another off the court. This tour also presents an incredible opportunity to expose our young men to different parts of the world and broaden their horizons."
The NCAA allows teams to make an international trip once every four years. This preseason foreign tour was originally intended to happen in the summer of 2019, but it was delayed multiple times, including due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bears most recently made an international preseason trip to Australia in the summer of 2015.
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