The Kansas State basketball team will play five exhibition games in Europe this summer, coach Bruce Weber said Tuesday.
The Wildcats will head to Italy and Switzerland for 11 days in August, playing five games against professional teams. The trip will give K-State’s young roster, which features six scholarship freshmen, additional time to practice and play before the 2016-17 season begins in November.
“We have had this planned,” Weber said.
K-State will kickoff the summer trip by inviting former players to campus for a basketball reunion and alumni game, followed by a scrimmage between active players at Bramlage Coliseum, Weber said. The team will then fly overseas for a week and a half of games. Weber thinks it will be a valuable experience.
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College basketball teams are allowed to travel overseas for exhibition games once every four years. This will be K-State’s second foreign trip under Weber. He coached the Wildcats in Brazil before the start of his debut season in 2012.
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