BLOG #8: The Cats Enjoy a Tour of Lake Como; Play Fourth Game

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.

Junior Mason Schoen
So far this trip has been absolutely amazing. I have truly enjoyed the history, beauty and art of Rome, Sienna, Florence, and Venice thus far. Today we started the day by taking a boat tour on Lake Como. Within the tour we saw numerous historical landmarks, as well as famous stops and houses. We eventually stopped in the city of Bellagio for some short exploring and shopping. I personally enjoyed some excellent gelato by the lake in my free time. In the night portion of the day we played our fourth game of the trip against Kosovo's National team. Unfortunately, the final result was not what we wanted, but we fought until the end and played our hardest. All in all, a day spent in Italy is a day well-spent.

Redshirt freshman Isaiah Maurice
We took a trip on a boat from Lake Como to Bellagio. On the boat trip our tour guide described several homes of famous residents of the lake. We were able to see house once owned by the famous fashion designer Versace as well as a home owned by famous actor George Clooney. Later that day we had a game against a team who was put together to qualify for national games. We ended up losing to them but having the experience of playing against a national team was fun and gave us a chance to get better.