Spradling To Compete with Athletes in Action

Will Spradling ranked second on the squad in assists and steals in 2010-11.

May 16, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Rising sophomore guard Will Spradling was among 10 student-athletes chosen to compete with Athletes In Action on a two-week tour of Macedonia and Kosovo in Eastern Europe from May 25-30.


The Kansas City, Mo., native will play with nine other student-athletes, including Big 12 brethren Cory Jefferson and A.J. Walton of Baylor and Jordan Juenemann and Jeff Withey of Kansas.  Others include Colorado's Austin Dufault, Florida's Scottie Wilbekin, Indiana State's Jake Kitchell, Mercer's Langston Hall and Northwestern State's William Mosley.  The group will be coached by Baylor's director of basketball operations Tim Maloney.


Spradling will depart May 19 with the team and begin a four-day training camp in Strumica, Macedonia.  The squad will play a round-robin tournament May 25-30 against the U20 Macedonia national team, U20 Holland national team and selected pros from Poland and Bulgaria.  The team will conclude its tour May 31 against the Kosovo national team in Kosovo's capital, Pristina.


The squad is one of eight Athletes In Action international-touring men's and women's basketball teams this summer.  This will be the group's third tour of Macedonia.

This past season, Spradling became the first Wildcat true freshman to play in all games in a season since Michael Beasley in 2007-08, as he finished second on the team in assists (63) and steals (28) and third in 3-point field goals (40).  He averaged 6.4 points on 39.7 percent shooting, including 37 percent from 3-point range, with 1.6 rebounds in 21.9 minutes per game.  His 40 treys were just two shy of the freshman record set by Brian Henson in 1991-92.