Providence has two of it’s young players over in Croatia as part of the Global Sports Academy Goodwill Tour. Sophomore Jalen Lindsey and freshman Drew Edwards help make up a team of Division 1 college basketball players. The team is coached by top Siena assistant Greg Manning and the team will play 4 games during the 8 day tour of Croatia. The opponents will be professional teams in 4 different cities.
Game 1 takes place on day 3 of the trip as the team will take on Kastela while in Trogir. Game 2 will be played against Sibenik on day 4 in Zadar. Game 3 will be against Alkar in Dubrovnik on day 5. The 4th and final game will be played in Omis against Split. All of these teams play in the A-1 Liga, which is the highest level of professional basketball in Croatia. Sibenik and Alkar clinched Champions league berths last season, while Kastela finished 8th after being moved up to A-1 Liga last season and Split finished 7th.
This will be a good experience for Lindsey and Edwards and will also afford them a nice opportunity to travel in Europe for a few days after neither was able to attend Providence’s trip to Italy last summer. Edwards was still in high school and Lindsey got mono ahead of the trip and couldn’t travel. “Global Sports Academy is an organization created to arrange athletic competition between equally matched teams at all levels…With Global Sports Academy you will experience the thrill of international sports competiiton, attend cultural events and see historical sites of the world,” according to the group’s document for this team’s trip.
Here is the full roster for Team Manning. You can follow the team’s progress and travels at the hashtag #GSAManning. They also have a Twitter account (@GlobalSports_US), an Instagram account (@GlobalSportsAcademy) and a Facebook page (Global Sports Academy).
|Bryce Thurston||6’6||Mt St Mary’s||2019|
|Jordan Tyson||6’10||St. Bonaventure||2019|
|Ronnie Drinnon||6’7||St. Francis||2016|
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