A USA Men’s All-Star Basketball team is leaving for China to participate in an international basketball tournament. The team, organized and coached by NetScouts Basketball, will play a round-robin format in three cities for a total of nine games. The team will first play three games in Tianjin against the Chinese U22 National Team and the Tianjin Steel of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). They will then head to Jiangyin in Jiangsu Province and then to Yantai in Shandong Province to play a total of six games against national teams of Lithuania, Ukraine and the China U22 team. The team will depart from LAX on June 9th, play their first game in China on June 12th and return to the United States on June 24th.
The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars are comprised of Nate Rohnert, 6’6, PG, (Denver/Holland, Parker, CO), Jay-R Strowbridge,6’0, PG (Oregon/Germany, Huntsville, AL), Jamal Wilson, 6’5, SG (Rhode Island/Germany, Philadelphia, PA), Keion Bell, 6’4, PG (Missouri/Italy, Los Angeles, CA), Dominic Cheek, 6’6, SF (Villanova, Jersey City, NJ), Markeith Cummings, 6’6, SF (Kennesaw State/NBA D-League, Savannah, GA), Jeff Powers,6’7, F (California/Walnut Creek, CA), Josh Clyburn, 6’8, PF (Queens University, Charlotte, NC), Sam Coleman, 6’10, PF/C (Coppin State/Japan, Baltimore. MD) and Robert Thurman, 6’10, C (California, North Edwards, CA). The team will be coached by Rod Jensen, recently on the Washington Stte staff and assisted by NetScouts Basketball’s Carl Berman.
Rohnert was a three year starter at Denver and averaged 14.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.8apg, his senior year. He has scored in double-figures in Holland and France.
Strowbridge averaged 9.4 points per game for Oregon and scored at a 14.4 pg clip in Germany Pro-A this season.
Wilson was Rhode Island;s leading scorer his senior season (16.4 ppg) and had a 17.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 4.0apg year in Germany this year.
Bell was the leading scorer at Pepperdine for two years before transferring to Missouri for his senior year (10.4 ppg). He averaged 14.4 ppg and 6.6 rpg in Italy.
Cheek was a two-year starter a Villanova where he averaged 12.5 ppg as a junior before declaring for the NBA Draft. This past season he was on the New York Knicks practice squad.
Cummings is the all-time leading scorer at Kennesaw State, averaged 29 ppg in the Philippines and played the past season for Bakersfield in the D-League.
Powers was one of the top three-pointer shooters in the nation at Cal this season hitting 48.6 percent of his long distance shots. He had a high of 18 points against Oregon State.
Clyburn was the second leading scorer and leading rebounder at Queens University of Charlotte, a top Division 2 program.
Coleman has played two years in the D-League, in the Japan BJ League and most recently in Mexico where he averaged 20.2 ppg and 8.6 rebounds.
Thurman completed his first professional season in Denmark after playing at Cal. He averaged 17.5 ppg and was the 4th leading rebounder in the league with 9.8 rpg.
NetScouts Basketball organizes and coaches All-Star Men’s and Women’s teams which represent the USA in international basketball competition. This enables highly successful players who have recently completed their eligibility to represent their country, get experience playing international basketball and provide an amazing cultural experience.
Media inquiries can be directed to Carl Berman at (541) 359-9653. Information on NetScouts Basketball can be obtained on their website. Detailed articles on the tour will be found on the NetScouts Basketball Blog. Email [email protected] to get on the mailing list for tour related articles, information and photos.
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