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Utah's Larry Krystkowiak to Lead Pac-12 All-Star Team to China

Brandon Taylor is one of three Utes to play for Coach Krystkowiak on the Pac-12 team headed to China

Brandon Taylor is one of three Utes to play for Coach Krystkowiak on the Pac-12 team headed to China

May 23, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - University of Utah men's basketball head coach Larry Krystkowiak, along with student-athletes Jordan Loveridge, Brandon Taylor and Jeremy Olsen, will travel to China for a four-game all-star tour this summer as part of the Pac-12 Conference's Globalization Initiative.

The aim of the initiative is to help support Pac-12 member universities' international outreach efforts, build their brands in an important market, and provide quality educational and cultural exchange experiences for student-athletes.

The Pac-12 will send 13 men's basketball student-athletes from 10 different schools with Krystkowiak serving as the head coach.

"It's an honor to have the chance to represent the University of Utah and the Pac-12 in China this summer," Krystkowiak stated. "This is a great educational experience for everyone involved and I can't wait to work with this select group of outstanding student-athletes."

Loveridge, Taylor and Olsen join a squad that will face a Chinese university all-star team and play three games against teams from the Chinese Basketball Association, including the Shanghai Sharks who are owned by eight-time NBA All-Star Yao Ming. Max Zhang, a former California student-athlete has been the center for the Sharks since his return to China in 2010.

The Pac-12 all-star team will also play the Guangdong Southern Tigers, the 2013-14 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) regular season champion. The Tigers' leading Chinese scorer is Yi Jianlian, who played for the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks under Krystkowiak during the 2007-08 season before returning to the CBA in 2012. 



In addition to the competition in China, the team will participate in various youth clinics, as well as take in the culture and history of China with visits to various landmarks and historical sites in the cities of Shanghai, Nantong and Shenzhen.

The Pac-12 is working with HUPU Sports Media Co. in arranging and promoting the tour, competitions and cultural activities. The Pac-12 is also continuing its partnership with Federation of University of Sports (FUSC), China's equivalent of NCAA in organizing the 3rd China-U.S. University Sports Week, an annual collaborative event between the Pac-12 and the FUSC that will feature a friendly game between the Pac-12 All-star Team and a Chinese University All-star Team and coaching clinics.

In addition, the United States Consulate in Shanghai has agreed to support the tour and will have senior members of the Consulate participate a welcome reception for the Pac-12 delegation, a tour press conference and various activities of the tour in Shanghai and Nantong.

To support the Pac-12 Conference's on-going effort to build awareness of its' member universities and the Conference in China, the Pac-12 is working with its Chinese partners to organize an academic symposium in conjunction with the Pac-12 men's basketball all-star tour in August. The symposium will include a high-profile U.S.-China university leaders' forum and business meetings between the Pac-12 university delegates and senior dignitaries from the Chinese government and universities. Six of the Conference's member institutions will send a senior member to join this symposium.

Over the past two summers as part of the Conference's Globalization Initiative, the league has sent an all-star women's volleyball team, men's basketball teams from Arizona State and UCLA and women's basketball team from California to China.

The 10-day tour will commence August 10 and will be the first men's basketball all-star tour for the Pac-12 since the Conference sent both a men's and women's all-star team to Japan in 1996.

2014 Pac-12 Men's Basketball China Tour Roster

Name                                      School                         Pos.      Ht        Wt       Yr.       Hometown

Andrew Andrews                     Washington                  G         6-2       195      So.       Portland, Ore.

Bo Barnes                                Arizona State              G/F        6-4       195      Jr.        Scottsdale, Ariz.

Malcolm Duvivier                      Oregon State               G         6-2       205      Fr.        Toronto, Canada

Jacob Hazzard                         Arizona                         G          6-0       160      So.       Los Angeles, Calif.

Xavier Johnson                        Colorado                      F          6-7       220      So.       Los Angeles, Calif.     

Nikola Jovanovic                      USC                              F         6-10     215      Fr.        Belgrade, Serbia

DaVonté Lacy                          Washington State        G          6-4       215      Jr.        Tacoma, Wash.

Jordan Loveridge                     Utah                             F          6-6       210      So.       West Jordan, Utah      

Roger Moute a Bidias              California                      F          6-7       200      Jr.        Yaounde, Cameroon

Cheikh N'diaye                         Oregon State               C          7-0       230      Fr.        Dakar, Senegal

Jeremy Olsen                           Utah                             C          6-10     232      Jr.        Lawrenceville, Ga.

Schuyler Rimmer                      Stanford                      C          6-10     255      Fr.        Orlando, Fla.

Brandon Taylor                        Utah                             G          5-10     165      So.       Los Angeles, Calif.

Tentative Tour Itinerary

Fri. Aug 8 - Arrive Bay Area for training camp

Sun. Aug. 10 - Depart for China/Shanghai

Wed. Aug. 13 - Game 1: Pac-12 All-Stars vs. Chinese University All-Stars

Thurs. Aug. 14 - Game 2: Pac-12 All-Stars vs.  Jiangsu Dragons

Sat. Aug. 16 - Game 3: Pac-12 All Stars vs. Shanghai Sharks

Sun. Aug 17 - Beijing Sightseeing (Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, etc.)

Tues. Aug 18 - Return to US

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