Washington leaves Saturday afternoon for its 15-day road trip to France, Spain, Monaco and Africa. The team returns Sept. 8.
Over the next two weeks they’ll play seven exhibitions against professional teams that vary in talent.
They’ll visit the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Palace of Versaille, Notre Dame and the Monte Carlo casino. They’ll take a boat ride on the Seine River and explore a handful of museums including Picassso Museum in Barcelona.
The Huskies finish their globetrotting with a four-day stay in Dakar, Senegal, which is the home of senior center Aziz N’Diaye. He talked to the team about growing up in West Africa and junior C.J. Wilcox said it was a “humbling.”
While in Dakar, the Huskies will host two basketball clinics at elementary schools. They’ll play an exhibition game, participate in a safari and visit Goree Island, the 15th-century landmark that was the hub of the West Africa slave trade.
“All of it (the trip) is going to be good, but that leg of the trip — going to Senegal — is something I think is going to put a lot of things into perspective for our guys,” coach Lorenzo Romar said.
Originally the Huskies had planned to end this trip with a stop in China, but Romar decided to change the itinerary after watching the document ‘Elevate,’ which chronicles N’Diaye’s travel from Dakar to Montlake.
Here’s a video of N’Diaye talking about the upcoming trip and look at UW’s travel plans (below).
SATURDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Washington commit Nigel Williams-Goss and Husky targets Aaron Gordon, Jabari Bird, Isaac Hamilton and 2014 recruit Stanley Johnson are playing in the Under Armour Elite 24 all-star game the begins 4 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU.
— Gordon told Adam Zagoria on Friday that Washington remains his top choice followed by Arizona and Kentucky. Bird said his top schools are California and UW.
— In an interview with Scott Sommer at AztecReport.com, Hamilton did not include Washington when talking about recruiting and his official visits. The 6-4 guard out of Los Angeles took a trip to UNLV and plans to visit San Diego State. He mentioned California, but it sounds as if he’s backing away from the Golden Bears. He also talked about taking trips to Florida, Baylor and Connecticut.
— Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus is taking a leave of absence this season and many are wondering if the 64-year-old, who has had a history of health issues, has coached his final game.
— Oregon State got another lopsided win during its European exhibition tour and registered a 81-63 win over CB Santfeliuenc in Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Spain on Friday night. The Beavers switched the lineups this time and started guards Challe Barton and Victor Robbins, forwards Eric Moreland and Jarmal Reid and center Daniel Gomis. Roberto Nelson came off the bench and scored a team-high 17 points and Moreland added 16.
— UCLA plays a team from Tsinghua University on Saturday night in the first of three exhibition games for the Bruins in China.
— Here’s a cautionary tale in the world of recruiting. Marquette assistant Scott Monarch may have received a proverbial slap on the wrist after he got caught giving free clothes and a ride to a recruit. However he repeatedly lied to supervisors and was fired Friday night. Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams will also serve a one-game suspension and the team will reduce its official visits next year. MU is waiting to see if the NCAA will impose any more penalties.
— This weekend is the season-finale in the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro-Am, which features several former UW players.
UW’S TRAVEL PLANS
Sat., Aug. 25
1:15 p.m. PT –Depart Seattle to Paris
Sun., Aug. 26
8:35 a.m. – Arrive into Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
12:55 p.m. – Depart Paris to Barcelona
2:35 p.m. – Arrive into Barcelona Airport
Notes: Check into hotel. Orientation tour of area near the hotel including: Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas and Passiege de Gracia
Mon., Aug. 27
9:00 a.m. – Sightseeing tour of Montjuic Hill and the Olympic Stadium.
12:00 p.m. – Bus back to hotel.
5:45 p.m. – Depart for game by bus
8:00 p.m. – Game vs. Tarragona (Location: Pavello del Serrallo)
Tues., Aug. 28
Sites: On own to sightsee – Picasso Museum, Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona FC stadium Camp Nou, Mercat de la Boqueira
Wed., Aug. 29
3:00 p.m. – Depart train for Zaragoza.
4:23 p.m. – Arrive in Zaragoza.
6:00 p.m. – Game vs. Zaragoza (Location: Principe Felipe Arena)
9:15 p.m. – Depart Zaragoza for Barcelona.
11:40 p.m. – Arrive in Barcelona.
Sites: On own to sightsee – Montserra Hill
Thurs., Aug. 30
TBA – Depart by bus to Nice, France (344 miles)
TBA – Check into hotel and shop, eat and sightsee on own.
Fri., Aug. 31
3:15 p.m. – Depart by bus to game.
5:00 p.m. – Game vs. Antibes (Location: Salle Salusse Santoni)
Sites: On own to sightsee
Sat., Sept. 1
11:00 a.m. – Bus to Monte Carlo, Monaco. Sightseeing tour of Monaco and Fragonard Perfume factory.
2:00 p.m. – Depart by bus to game.
6:00 p.m. – Game vs. Monaco (Location: Stade Louis II).
8:30 p.m. – Return to Nice.
Sites: Tour Monaco, Fragonard Perfume factory, Prince’s palace, Monte Carlo casino and Oceanographic Museum
Sun., Sept. 2
1:30 p.m. – Depart Nice Airport for Paris.
3:05 p.m. – Arrive into Paris Charles de Gaulle Aerogare.
TBD – City Tour.
TBD – Seine River Boat Tour.
Mon., Sept. 3
5:45 p.m. – Depart by bus to game.
7:00 p.m. – Game vs. Paris-Levallois (Location: Paris-Levallois, Rue Danton, Levllois-Perret).
Sites: On own to sightsee: Eiffel Tower, Sacre-Coeur, Norte Dame and Aquaboulevard
Tues., Sept. 4
6:30 p.m. – Depart by bus to game.
8:00 p.m. – Game vs. Rueil AC (Location: Stadium, 1 rue Genevieve Couturier, Rueil).
Sites: On own to sightsee: Louvre, Palace of Versaille, Musee D’Orsay, Galeries Lafayette
Wed., Sept. 5
4:20 p.m. – Depart Paris for Dakar, Senegal.
8:00 p.m. – Arrive in Dakar, Senegal.
Thurs., Sept. 6
9:00 a.m. – Bus to Game Park.
10:00 a.m. – Visit the Reserve de Bandia Animal Reserve for a safari park tour.
1:00 p.m. – Bust back to hotel.
TBA – Basketball clinic.
Fri., Sept. 7
4:30 p.m. – Depart for game by bus.
6:00 p.m. – Game vs. Dakar University Club (Location: Marius N’Diaye Stadium).
Sites: On own to sightsee.
Sat., Sept. 8
8:00 a.m. – Bus to Goree.
10:30 a.m. – Tour Goree Island, a 15th century slave-trade island.
7:25 p.m. – Arrive at Dakar Airport 10:25 p.m. – Depart Dakar for Paris.
Sun. Sept. 9
5:55 a.m. – Arrive in Paris.
10:40 a.m. – Depart Paris for Seattle.
12:50 p.m. – Arrive home in Seattle.