Harris To Travel To Europe with Global Sports Academy

July 31, 2014

K-State Athletics

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– Kansas State incoming freshman Tre Harris will gain valuable international experience August 11-19, as he will travel with the Global Sports Academy to Belgium, Germany, England and the Netherlands.

Harris and the Global Sports Academy will spend seven days playing five games against various club teams in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. There will also be numerous sight-seeing opportunities in London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Bruges and Ghent. It marks the second straight summer that a Wildcat has participated in the tour as recent graduate Will Spradling played with the squad in the summer of 2013.

Harris will spend the first three days on the tour on sight-seeing excursions to Brussels, London and Amsterdam before the team plays its first game on August 14 against Soba in Amsterdam. The squad will then combine more sight-seeing opportunities with a game against Belgrade on August 15 in Brussels, the Rhein Stars on August 16 in Cologne, Recklinghausen on August 17 in Dusseldorf and Oxaco on August 18 in Ghent.

Harris will be joined on the trip by Nick Barnyard (Illinois State), Sterling Brown (SMU), Kristopher Jenkins (Villanova), George Marshall, Jr. (South Dakota State), Benjamin Moore (SMU), Jarvis Pugh (Santa Clara), Darryl Reynolds (Villanova), Xavier Smith (St. Bonaventure), Nathan Taphorn (Northwestern) and Jordan Threloff (Northern Illinois). The team will be coached by Northwestern assistant coach Patrick Baldwin.

Started in 1991, the Global Sports Academy is a not-for-profit organization created to arrange athletic competition with the goal to promote international goodwill and a better understanding between nations. It sponsors tours for 12 different sports that compete in more than 25 different countries.

A 6-foot-5, 195-pound shooting guard from Edwardsville, Illinois, Harris came to K-State from Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Virginia, where he helped the Caissons achieve a No. 1 ranking for the first time in school history. He averaged a team-leading 19 points per game for a squad that posted a 25-7 overall record and advanced to the National Prep Championships for the second consecutive season in 2013-14. He played his one postgraduate year at Fishburne after a four-year career at Edwardsville High School, where he left as the school’s No. 4 all-time scorer with 1,460 points.

Harris is the third member of the Wildcat men’s basketball team who will compete overseas in August, as Brandon Bolden and Justin Edwards will play with the Athletes in Action Tour to Lithuania and Latvia, August 1-14.

Bolden and Edwards will depart on August 1 for Boulder, Colorado, where they will train for four days before leaving for Tallinn, Estonia on August 7. The Athletes in Action Tour will consist of at least four games (with the possibility of a fifth) with two in Klaipeda, Lithuania on August 9 and 10 and at least two more in Riga, Latvia on August 11-13.

The experience will be valuable for the trio as they battle for playing time on a Wildcat squad which returns nine lettermen, including five players with starting experience, in 2014-15. The returners are headlined by All-Big 12 Second Team selection Marcus Foster (15.5 ppg., 3.2 rpg.) and honorable mention pick Thomas Gipson (11.7 ppg., 6.5 rpg.). Overall, the team returns more than 70 percent of its scoring and 65 percent of its rebounding.

Season tickets for the 2014-15 season are currently on sale through the K-State Athletics Ticket Office and can be purchased a variety of ways, including toll free at (800) 221.CATS (2287), online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets and in-person at Bramlage Coliseum.