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Kansas University basketball team to take European vacation

Jayhawks to play two games in Switzerland, two in Paris in August

May 10, 2012, 1:25 a.m. Updated May 11, 2012, 12:25 a.m.


The timing couldn’t be better for Kansas University’s summer of 2012 international basketball tour.

“Teams are allowed to practice 10 days (prior to trip), and you are allowed to take the new (incoming) players with you. So with at least six freshmen coming in, it’s a perfect time,” said Larry Keating, KU’s special assistant to the athletic director.

He has helped put together an Aug. 6-14 exhibition excursion to Switzerland and Paris that will consist of two games against the Swiss National Team (Aug. 7-8 in Fribourg, Switzerland outside of Bern) and two against a pair of pro teams in Paris (Aug. 11-12). The NCAA allows teams to make trips outside the U.S. once every four years.

KU’s 2012-13 roster includes freshmen Perry Ellis, Landen Lucas, Ben McLemore, Jamari Traylor, Zach Peters and Andrew White. Walk-on Evan Manning also has committed, as has Anrio Adams, who is awaiting a passing score on the ACT.

“I think it’s a great trip from a basketball standpoint as well as a travel standpoint,” said Keating, who is in charge of KU scheduling.

“The Swiss National Team is supposed to be pretty good. I believe they beat Villanova last year. And we made it clear (to trip organizers) we wanted to play good teams in Paris as well.”

As far as sightseeing ...

“Switzerland is beautiful,” Keating said, “and there’s so much to do in Paris. Five days isn’t even enough to do all there is to do in Paris.”

The Jayhawks will arrive in Switzerland on Aug. 6 and after the two games, take a high-speed train to Paris on Aug. 9. They’ll return to the U.S. on Aug. 14.

Keating did not yet have ticket information or the names of what figure to be small venues. He said the games likely would be played in the evenings. Anthony Travel of Dallas has put together a package for fans in the U.S.


Robert Rauktis 5 years, 9 months ago

"yet-to-be-determined French pro teams" Surprised they can match pro teams with "student-athletes"? I guess that aspect is muddy nowadays anyhow.

Sharon Nottingham 5 years, 9 months ago

What other NCAA sports teams get to go from KU?

Jayhawk1958 5 years, 9 months ago

I believe the women's bb team went recently. Can remember exactly when.

Dale Stringer 5 years, 9 months ago

For the Zurich stay, I suggest the Best Western Hotel Montana. Priced right, American-sized beds, good resturaunt, close to the train station and downtown sight seeing. For a really good braut, walk thru the train station/mall and go down Brohnhofstrasse a few blocks and on the right just on the other side of Tiefenhofe (I think that's the street). Then continue on down to the lake and take the sight-seeing cruise.

Armen Kurdian 5 years, 9 months ago

Expose these guys to some real culture if you can. Get them to Versailles, Musee D'Orsee, and keep them away from American fast food. Be careful of pickpockets in Paris. Love the high speed rail too. Smooth & fast!

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