NetScouts Basketball participates in 3-4 tournaments in China for both Men and Women each spring and summer. The tournaments are generally a round robin format in which we organize a USA All-Star team and play a Chinese team and teams from two other countries in three different Chinese cities. In this format all teams will play nine games. All the players on our teams have gone on to play professionally all over the world.
We completed our first tour of 2014 in April. Our Women’s team went undefeated (9-0) against national teams of China, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and Slovenia. The team consisted of Ariel Thomas (Oregon), Alisha Filmore (SMU), Arielle Wideman (Nevada), Deja Mann (Arizona State), Amy Kame (San Diego), Amber Moore (Illinois), Camille Buckley (UC-Irvine), Tabitha Gerardot (Indiana), Joy Burke (Arizona State) and Molly Schlemer (Cal Poly).
In 2013 our first Women’s tour took place in May. We faced the national teams of Australia, Brazil and China in a nine-game, three-city tour in which we won the “Four Nations” title with a 7-2 record.. The roster for the trip was Meagan Fulps (Santa Clara), Jacqui Kalin (Northern Iowa), Jamie Russell (Illinois State), Adrian Ritchie and Stephanie Sension (Green Bay), Lauren Oosdyke (Northern Colorado), Kate Thompson (Michigan), Sam Ostarello (Purdue), Samantha Heck (Evansville) and Morgan Johnson (Iowa). Jaime Russell was named the MVP of the event.
Adrian Ritchie produced this documentary of the tour. If you’d like to see what the experience is like check it out! You can also check out the following photo albums on Facebook: June, 2013 Women’s Tour – June, 2012 Women’s Tour
The second Women’s tour took place in late June where we played national teams of China, Australia and Hungary. We finished that event undefeated with a 9-0 record. The team was comprised of Chelsea Hopkins (San Diego State, Taleya Mayberry (Tulsa), China Crosby (Virginia), Alexis Gray-Lawson (California, Phoenix (WNBA), Tahnee Robinson (Nevada), Aulani Sinclair (Indiana), Sarah Eichler (Green Bay), Chelsea Poppens (Iowa State, San Antonio (WNBA), Aishah Sutherland (Kansas), Jessica Lawson (South Florida), Talia Caldwell (California) and Nikki Greene (Penn State). Alexis Gray-Lawson was named the MVP of the tour.
Here’s full game video vs. the Hungarian National team. Thanks to our Hungarian friends for getting it to us.
The Men’s tour also took place in June facing China’s national team and World University Games teams from Canada and Latvia. The team went 3-6 losing three games in the final seconds, two to a tough Canadian squad. The roster for the team was Derek Needham (Fairfield), Oliver McNally (Harvard), Derrick Rodgers (Portland), Mike Moore (Hofstra), Devin Sweetney (St. Francis (PA), Robert Crawford (Central Arkansas), Roger Franklin (North Texas), Jonathan Morse (Metro State), Isaac Butts (Appalachian State), Mike Davis (Seton Hall) and Jason Conrad (Chico State)
In May, 2012 our USA All-Star team battled the National B” teams of China, Australia and New Zealand. We took home the gold medal with an 8-1 record with the only loss to China by 2 points. We defeated the China National “B” team by 10 points in the last game.
The roster for that All-Star team was: Katie Bussey (Montana State), Casey Garrison (Missouri State), Rebekah Gardner (UCLA), Jasmin Holliday (Oregon), Nicky Day (Portland), Rachael Hackbarth (Drake), Talisa Rhea (Seattle U/Oregon State), ReZina TecleMariam (Portland), Kali Bennett (Arizona State) and Jalana Childs (Kansas State).
We returned to China in June, 2012 with both a Men’s and a Women’s team. The Men’s team played teams from China, Lithuania and Germany in the same 3-city, 9-game round robin format. The team went 9-0 on the trip including a thrilling two-point win over China in the finale. The roster of the Men’s team was: Brian Addison (Buffalo/Portugal), Tyler Cain (South Dakota/Latvia), Lance Jeter (Nebraska/Holland), LaMarcus Reed (Texas-Arlington), Orion Outerbridge (Rhode Island), Lamonte Ulmer (Rhode Island/Luxembourg), Anthony Gurley (Massachusetts/New Zealand), Taj McCullough (Winthrop/D-League/Australia). Adam Waddell (Wyoming) and Marquis Jones (Rhode Island/Germany).
The Women played in the Sino-American Pre-Olympic Challenge against the Chinese Olympic team. They lost the three games against Team China, the last by only five points. They then defeated the Chinese National “B” team in two of three games in a second city. All the games against Team China were televised throughout China to over one billion people, as well as on some USA cable networks, on CCTV-Channel 5, the ESPN of China.
Our Assistant Coach for the event, Ryan Johnson of Northern Colorado, with the help of the Northern Colorado video department, produced this video of the most recent China tour. Included are dozens of pictures of the trip.
The women’s roster was: Katie Bussey (Montana State), Dawn Evans (James Madison/Connecticut Sun), Ashley Corral (USC/Seattle Storm), Jence Rhoads (Vanderbilt/Iceland), Brittany Carter (Memphis/Connecticut Sun), Becky Burke (Louisville), Briana Gilbreath (USC/Washington Mystics), Amanda Johnson (Oregon), Kristina Santiago (Cal Poly), Cierra Bravard (Florida State/San Antonio Silver Stars), Becca Tobin (Arizona State/Romania) and Kali Bennett (Arizona State).
All the tournaments is China are well-run and feature opening ceremonies with speakers and performers. They are held in arenas with a capacity of 5,000 to 10,000 which are mostly filled to capacity, especially for the games involving China.