The Virginia men’s basketball team will embark on a ten-day trip to Italy in early August, which will also include practice and exhibition games, as well as a chance for the team to bond and build chemistry, especially for new members. from the list.
UVA will play in four exhibition matches during the tour, which runs from August 10-20 and includes stops in Rome, Florence, Rapallo and Portofino. The four-game exhibition schedule is as follows:
- August 13 – Rome
- August 15 – Florence
- August 18 & 19 – Rapallo
Details regarding specific venues and viewing opportunities for individual games have yet to be released.
Two of Virginia’s matches during the trip will be against KK Mega Mozzart, also known as Mega Basket, a professional basketball club based in Belgrade, Serbia. The club won the 2016 Serbian Cup and placed second in 2014, 2015 and 2021. Mega Basket has produced some important NBA players such as Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot, Boban Marjanović and Nikola Jokić, who has just been named the most valuable. NBA player for the second consecutive season.
Virginia’s eight returning players Kihei Clark, Reece Beekman, Armaan Franklin, Jayden Gardner, Francisco Caffaro, Kadin Shedrick, Taine Murray and Chase Coleman, plus Ohio transfer Ben Vander Plas and first-years Isaac McKneely, Isaac Traudt, Leon Bond, and Ryan Dunn will participate in the tour.
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“We are very excited to be taking our team to Italy,” Virginia men’s basketball head coach Tony Bennett said. “We are adding four freshmen and a graduate transfer to an experienced group that showed improvement last season. The extra practice and quality competition on this tour allows us to improve and prepare for the 2022-23 season. We look forward to bonding and growing as a team in a beautiful country.
The UVA men’s basketball program is taking a trip to Europe for the fifth time since 1996 and this is the team’s first tour since the Cavaliers visited Spain in 2016. Virginia went 5-0 in the of that trip and, more importantly, it allowed the new freshman class of Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome, De’Andre Hunter and Jay Huff to acclimate to the team and gain crucial first experience in the defensive system. by Tony Bennett. Many members of the program attributed part of the team’s success over the following years, which of course included the 2019 National Championship, to the early development of the 2016 recruiting class that occurred during this trip to Italy. .
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The Cavaliers are certainly hoping for a similar story to unfold with the 2022 recruiting class as they experience their first live action with the Virginia men’s basketball program.
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