A USA Men’s All-Star Basketball team is leaving for China to participate in the Four Nations international basketball tournament. The team, organized and coached by NetScouts Basketball, will play in four cities for a total of nine games against national teams of China, Lithuania and Canada. The team will first play three games in round-robin matches in Yunyang from May 5-7 and in Dazu May 9-11, both in Chongqing. They will finish up in Shenzhen with three games from May 13-15. The team will depart from LAX on May 3rd and return to the United States on May 16th.
The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars include: Diante Watkins, 5’9, PG, (Robert Morris/Germany), Mikey Thompson, 6‘3, PG (Boise State), Brandon Clark, 6‘0, G (Santa Clara), Mardracus Wade, 6’2, G (Arkansas/NBADL), Thomas Bropleh, 6’5, G/F (Boise State/Germany/NBADL), Aaron Rountree, 6’8, F (Wake Forest/Iona), James Crowder, 6’6, F (Pfeiffer (NC)/Finland), Javier Carter, 6’8, PF (South Alabama/Spain/France/NBADL), Julius Brooks, 6’9, PF/C (Loyola-MD/Latvia) and Will Artino, 6’11, (Creighton/Estonia). The team will be coached by Matt Zosel of the University of Oregon and Perry Huang of the Santa Cruz Warriors (NBADL) and assisted by Carl Berman of NetScouts Basketball.
Watkins was the NAIA National Player of the year at Robert Morris in 2012 and was the second leading scorer in Germany Pro-B in 2014-15.
Thompson averaged 11.7 points and 3.7 assists starting for Boise State this season while connecting on over 37% of his three-pointers.
Clark was Santa Clara’s leading scorer his last two seasons finishing up in 2014-15 with 16.0 ppg, 4.0 apg and 3.6 rpg.
Wade averaged 10.8 points in his best year at Arkansas and played this past season with the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League.
Bropleh was an important part of Boise State’s program, then was the fifth leading scorer in Germany Pro-A before playing this season with the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League.
Rountree played three seasons at Wake Forest before finishing up this season at Iona where he averaged 6.2 points and 5.2 rebounds.
Crowder is a six-year international veteran who was the 6th man of the year in Finland this season as he helped his team to the title averaging over 14 points and seven rebounds per game.
Carter was one of the top shot blockers in the nation his last two seasons at South Alabama and played well in Spain and France before playing his year at Bakersfield of the NBA D-League.
Brooks completed a solid year in Latvia, making the All-Star game while averaging over 10 points and six rebounds.
Artino started all four seasons at Creighton before averaging 14.6 points and 8.8 rebounds in the Baltic League with Estonian club Rapla this year.
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 take part in 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the mailing list for tour related articles, information and photos.
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