Last season, former Citadel basketball standouts Matt Frierson and Zane Najdawi both took advantage of chances to play overseas. The opportunities helped the duo take their games to the next level.
This summer, another pair of Bulldogs is looking to replicate that success as Hayden Brown and Connor Kern will join the USA Eagles Basketball Team later this month and travel to East Asia. The trip will be the same that Frierson went on last season.
“I am extremely excited to spend the last bit of my summer in East Asia with the USA Eagles,” Brown said. “Having the opportunity to represent The Citadel and the U.S. with Connor while playing basketball will be a great opportunity for us both.”
“I am excited to be able to play the game I love in a whole different country across the world,” Kern said. “Being able to grow as an individual, as well as a player, while being completely immersed in another culture is so intriguing and exciting. I am very thankful for this opportunity.”
The team, which includes a pair of Southern Conference opponents in Virginia Military Institute’s Myles Lewis and Connor Arnold, is coached by Kelly Combs, who has close to 20 years of college coaching experience and 10 years of international coaching experience. This is the sixth tour where he will have taken a group to East Asia.
The USA Eagles Basketball team was created in 2017 to give American university players the opportunity to travel to new destinations around the world while experiencing international basketball play, meeting new people and learning about and participating in new cultures. This will be the third year the team has traveled to East Asia.
The team is made up of 12 players from nine different universities, including eight NCAA Division I student-athletes. The tour will be from July 27 through Aug. 18.
Before embarking for East Asia, the team will attend a five-day training camp in San Francisco where they will train for games and prepare for their cross-cultural experience. Once in East Asia, games are scheduled with university teams, pro/clubs teams and province teams. The Eagles will also conduct youth camps/clinics and get to experience the local culture and see what is considered some of the most beautiful places on earth.
For more information on The Citadel basketball team, please visit CitadelSports.com.