Sneed to Travel to Belize with Sports Reach

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MANHATTAN, Kan.
– Sophomore forward Xavier Sneed will get some international experience in the coming week, as he will take a 10-day, five-game tour of Belize with Sports Reach, August 11-18.

Much like Athletes in Action, Sports Reach is a faith-based organization out of Campbellsville, Kentucky, that runs exhibition tours in various sports around the U.S., and world.

Sneed will depart the U.S., later today (Thursday) and arrive in in the capital -- Belize City -- on Friday, August 11, when the nine-member squad will begin their five-game schedule against Hoop Dreams Belize at the Princess Hotel. The team will make the hour trek north to Maruba on Saturday, August 12 when they will play a second game against the Orange Walk Running Rebels. 

After traveling two hours west to San Ignacio on Sunday, August 13, the team will enjoy cave tubing in the Caves Branch Archaeological Site before playing a game against the Belmopan Bandits. A fourth game will follow on Monday, August 14 against the Cayo Western Ballers in Xunantunich, a town known for its Mayan ruins close to the Belizean border with Guatemala. 

The team will enjoy two days (Tuesday, August 15 and Wednesday, August 16) enjoying the Belizean coast before playing its final game on Thursday, August 17 against the Belize All-Star selection in Belize City.

The Sports Reach team will return home on Friday, August 18.

Sneed will be joined on the Sports Reach trip by David Andoh (St. Bonaventure), Jalen Coates (Campbellsville), Andrew Hammond (Western Kentucky), Stedman Lowry (Hillsdale), Rob Marberry (Lipscomb), former Kansas player Evan Maxwell (Indiana Wesleyan), Evan Neaveu (Hillsdale) and Wesley Person (Troy).

A country of around 400,000 people, Belize is located on the eastern coast of Central America with Mexico bordering it to the north and Guatemala to the west. 

Sneed will look to use the experience to build on a solid freshman campaign in 2016-17, in which, the St. Louis, Missouri native emerged as the Wildcats’ top reserve, playing in all 35 games. He averaged 7.1 points on 42.9 percent shooting (78-of-182) with 2.6 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game. He ranked among the team’s top 5 in seven categories, including third in free throw percentage (72.6) and 3-point field goals attempted (112) and fourth in 3-point field goals made (38) and offensive rebounds (29).

Sneed also excelled off the court, earning recognition to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team and to both the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Sneed is among eight returning lettermen for the Wildcats in 2017-18 for a squad that won 21 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third team in five seasons. K-State will welcome six newcomers (juniors Makol Mawien, Mawdo Sallah and Amaad Wainright and freshmen Mike McGuirl, Nigel Shadd and Levi Stockard III) as well as redshirt freshmen Cartier Diarra and James Love III, who missed the 2016-17 season due to injury.