July 26, 2005
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -
The Big Ten Men's Basketball Foreign Tour Team roster was announced Tuesday by conference officials, as Illinois head coach Bruce Weber put together a squad comprised of 12 student-athletes from 11 different league schools. The Tour, which runs from August 9-19, is tentatively scheduled to include five games in Spain.
The future of the Big Ten will be on display overseas as seven of the 12 players have completed two or fewer seasons of college basketball. The 2005 Foreign Tour Team includes a pair of Weber's own players in guards Calvin Brock and Brian Randle. Brock and Randle both enter this year after sitting out the 2004-05 season as redshirts.
In addition, the Tour squad will have two other guards in Iowa's Mike Henderson and Northwestern's Evan Seacat. Henderson saw action in all 33 games with 14 starts at the point guard position last season to rank fourth on the team with a 4.9 scoring average. Seacat enters his senior season after seeing action in 73 career games.
The Foreign Tour Team includes six student-athletes who play the forward position in Indiana's Marco Killingsworth, Michigan's Ron Coleman, Ohio State's Matt Terwilliger, Penn State's Brandon Hassell, Purdue's Matt Kiefer and Wisconsin's Jason Chappell.
Killingsworth redshirted last year at Indiana after transferring from Auburn, where he led the Tigers in scoring (13.7 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg) in 2003-04. In his first season in Ann Arbor, Coleman worked his way into the lineup, starting in 23 of 31 Big Ten games to finish the season with an average of 7.5 points per contest. Terwilliger saw action in 15 games for the Buckeyes under first-year head coach Thad Matta. Hassell competed in 20 contests and earned his first career start against Illinois last season. Kiefer averaged 9.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last year, while claiming Academic All-Big Ten laurels for the second consecutive year. After sitting out his sophomore season as a redshirt, Chappell returned in 2004-05, competing in 14 games.
Weber also will have two centers to choose from in Michigan State's Goran Suton and Minnesota's Spencer Tollackson. Suton sat out last season as a redshirt, while Tollackson competed in all 32 games last season with three starts for the Golden Gophers.
The complete 2005 Big Ten Men's Basketball Foreign Tour Team schedule and roster follows.
2005 BIG TEN MEN'S BASKETBALL FOREIGN TOUR SCHEDULE
Date - Opponent/Event (Site)
Tuesday, Aug. 9 - Depart for Spain
Wednesday, Aug. 10 - NO GAME
Thursday, Aug. 11 - NO GAME
Friday, Aug. 12 - NO GAME
Saturday, Aug. 13 - Huesca Basketball Club (Barcelona, Spain)
Sunday, Aug. 14 - NO GAME
Monday, Aug. 15 - VIC Barcelona Basketball Club (Barcelona, Spain)
Tuesday, Aug. 16 - Alcora Basketball Club (Valencia, Spain)
Wednesday, Aug. 17 - Pamesa Valencia Basketball Club (Valencia, Spain)
Thursday, Aug. 18 - C.B. Valls Basketball Club (Barcelona, Spain)
Friday, Aug. 19 - Depart for United States
2005 BIG TEN MEN'S BASKETBALL FOREIGN TOUR ROSTER
School Player Pos. Yr. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
ILL Calvin Brock G FR 6-4 185 Chicago, Ill./Simeon
ILL Brian Randle G SO 6-7 210 Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame
IND Marco Killingsworth F SR 6-8 240 Montgomery, Ala./Central Park Christian
IOWA Mike Henderson G JR 6-2 190 Waterloo, Iowa/East
MICH Ron Coleman F SO 6-6 210 Romulus, Mich./Romulus
MSU Goran Suton C FR 6-10 250 Lansing, Mich./Everett
MINN Spencer Tollackson C SO 6-9 275 Chaska, Minn./Chaska
NU Evan Seacat G SR 6-2 180 Paoli, Ind./Paoli
OSU Matt Terwilliger F SO 6-8 215 Troy, Ohio/Troy
PSU Brandon Hassell F SO 6-9 210 Farmersville, Ohio/Valley View
PUR Matt Kiefer F SR 6-10 225 Evansville, Ind./Mater Dei
WIS Jason Chappell F JR 6-10 240 New Berlin, Wis./West