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Runnin' Utes Krystkowiak to Lead Pac-12 All Stars to China

Utes head coach Krystkowiak has been selected to lead the Pac-12 all-star team on a tour of China this summer. Three Utes will join their coach, including forward Jordan Loveridge, guard Brandon Taylor, and center/forward Jeremy Olsen.

Runnin' Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak is the man who will lead the Pac-12 All Stars to China
Runnin' Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak is the man who will lead the Pac-12 All Stars to China
Ethan Miller

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.

"Its 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 cant 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.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Going over to China is just really exciting. I can&#39;t wait to meet the guys &amp; hopefully we get to see the Great Wall of China - Jeremy Olsen</p>&mdash; Utah Basketball (@Runnin_Utes) <a href="">May 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>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</p>&mdash; Utah Basketball (@Runnin_Utes) <a href="">May 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Andrew Andrews                Washington                  G         6-2       195      So.       Portland, Ore.

Bo Barnes                         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