Anderson, Thomas To Play In European Tour

Jake Thomas and Juan Anderson will be making their first-ever trips to Europe.

Aug. 5, 2013

Marquette junior forward Juan Anderson and senior guard Jake Thomas have been invited to participate in the Global Sports Academy (GSA) 2013 European Summer Tour this month.

They will be traveling with a full roster of fellow NCAA competitors.

"I am really looking forward to the opportunity and it will be my first trip to Europe," Anderson said. "It's a chance to gain a new perspective on other cultures and experience things I wouldn't ever have the chance to if it weren't for basketball."

Anderson and Thomas depart for Brussels, Belgium on August 8. The team will compete in five games while traveling through Belgium, The Netherlands and England. Along the way they will be sight-seeing, experiencing different cultures and performing community service.

"Being able to play actual games is just a bonus," Thomas said. "The entire experience is going to be beneficial, from the actual travel with the other players to the community service opportunities. I am extremely thankful to be included."

The team will be coached by West Chester's assistant coach Roy Blumenthal. The Marquette duo will join a roster along with Patrick Moore (Colgate), Darrun Hilliard (Villanova), Tony Chennault (Villanova), Troy Hockaday (West Chester), Michael Kromka (Clarion University), Tyler Harris (Providence College), Jabulani Newby (Gannon) and Eric Laster (Loyola Maryland).

Anderson and Thomas will return on August 16. Teammate Jamil Wilson will be in Lithuania in August with Athletes in Action, his second trip with the group while at Marquette.




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