University of Utah men’s basketball head coach Larry Krystkowiak has been selected to coach the Pac-12 all-star team on their tour in China this summer. The tour is 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. Included on the 13-man roster will be Utes Jordan Loveridge, Brandon Taylor, and Jeremy Olsen.
"It’s an honor to have the chance to represent the University of Utah and the Pac-12 in China this summer," Krystkowiak said. "This is a great educational experience for everyone involved, and I can’t wait to work with this select group of outstanding student-athletes."
The Pac-12 all-star squad 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 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.
In addition to the competition in China, the team will participate in various youth clinics, as well as take in the culture and history of China with visits to various landmarks and historical sites in the cities of Shanghai, Nantong, and Shenzhen.
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 in a welcoming 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.
Going over to China is just really exciting. I can't wait to meet the guys & hopefully we get to see the Great Wall of China - Jeremy Olsen— Utah Basketball (@Runnin_Utes) May 23, 2014
The assistants told me the Pac-12 was picking a team to go over. They asked if I wanted to be a part of it. I said I would! - Brandon Taylor— Utah Basketball (@Runnin_Utes) May 23, 2014
Andrew Andrews Washington G 6-2 195 So. Portland, Ore.
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
Aug. 7-9 Pre-tour practice at San Francisco site to be determined
Aug. 10 Depart for Shanghai, China
Aug. 11 Arrive Shanghai, China
Aug. 13 Game 1 vs. Chinese University All-Stars (Shanghai)
Aug. 14 Game 2 vs. Jiangsu Dragons or Shanghai Sharks (Nantong)
Aug. 15 Pac-12 Academic Symposium
Aug. 16 Game 3 vs. Shanghai Sharks (Shanghai)
Aug. 17 Youth clinic at the Yi Jianlian Basketball Camp
Aug. 18 Game 4 vs. Guangdong Southern Tigers (Shenzhen)
Aug. 19/20 Depart for United States