Huskies schedule trip to play in Spain, France, Senegal | UW men's basketball
UW leaves Aug. 25 on 15-day trip.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Plans to travel to China fell through, but the Husky basketball team salvaged a summer trip that begins in Europe and ends in Africa, allowing senior-to-be center Aziz N'Diaye to play in his native Senegal.
Washington will play seven exhibition games during its 15-day excursion.
"We're playing some of the highest-level teams internationally," UW coach Lorenzo Romar said in a statement. "We will play against some very tough competition. We're playing to win but you're also trying to get better, so you always want to play the best."
The globe-trotting Huskies depart Seattle Aug. 25 for Barcelona, Spain, then it's on to Nice, France on Aug. 29 and Paris on Sept. 2, playing two games in each city.
On Sept. 5 the Huskies embark to Dakar, Senegal, where they'll play a game and participate in basketball clinics. Washington returns to Seattle Sept. 9.
Last year, Romar said the team was planning to visit China. He also tries to reward out-of-state players with a game in their hometown, and the new itinerary was created with N'Diaye in mind.
"We not only get to see Aziz's world," Romar said, "but his family and friends get to see the group he has been living with the last couple of years."
Teams are allowed to travel overseas once every four years under NCAA rules. The Huskies have not taken a foreign trip since 2007, when they visited Greece.
The summer trip allows Washington to conduct 10 practices before departing.