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.
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