BLOG #7: K-State Treks North to Verona, Lake Como

Kansas State will get a jump start on its preparations for the 2016-17 men’s basketball season with a 10-day trip to Italy and Switzerland in mid-August during which it will play five games.

The Wildcats will depart on Monday, August 8 and return Friday, August 19 touring the Italian cities of Rome, Siena, Florence, Mestre, Venice, Verona and Lake Como as well as Vatican City before concluding the journey in Montreux, Lausanne and Lake Geneva, Switzerland. In addition to the cultural opportunities the tour will provide, the Wildcats will compete against various club, select and national teams, including LCC International University [August 10], BC Silute [August 11], Italian Select [August 13] the Kosovo National Team [August 16] and BBC Lausanne [August 18].

The NCAA permits teams to make an international trip once every four years and this will be the first by the men’s basketball team since Weber’s inaugural season of 2012 when it played four games in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Overall, this will be the program’s fifth trip outside the country, which includes excursions to Japan in 1981, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden in 1993 and Vancouver, British Columbia in 2004.

One player and a member of the staff each day will blog about their experiences in this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Senior Zach Winter
We started the day in Venice, after breakfast we loaded the bus to Lake Como. The bus ride was 4 hours, we passed the time with a world Uno Championship. Upon our arrival to Lake Como, I had a delicious seafood pasta at Al LungoLago. After lunch and gelato we took a cable car up a mountain to the town of Brunate. After settling into the hotel, we were able to enjoy a great dinner evening with our travel party. The restaurant had an amazing view over Lake Como. Thanks so much to all the donors who provided us with the magnificent dinner and view, a truly once in a lifetime opportunity. GO CATS!

Redshirt freshman Dante Williams
We started off the day enjoying some nice views in the city of Lake Como, Italy. The mountains in the background were a beautiful change of scenery from the city of Manhattan (not to say Manhattan isn't already beautiful enough). The mountains in the background and the crystal clear water were in a league of their own - absolutely stunning. The locals were very helpful in directing me to the shops and restaurants I was looking for during the afternoon. To end the day, me and my teammates enjoyed a great meal with the generous donors of our Kansas State Wildcat program. It was an incredible evening on the shores of Lake Como and was a great chance to meet donors that made this dinner possible. Nothing but positives to speak about on this trip. We are all having a great time.