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Yale Men's Basketball Heads to China

Yale Men's Basketball Heads to China

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Courtesy of Yale Sports Publicity

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men’s basketball team is getting an early start to the 2011-12 season. The Bulldogs are headed to China for nine days. The team leaves on Monday, May 16 and will visit Chengdu and Shanghai. Yale will play four games against Chinese universities. The opener is May 19 against the University of Electronic Science and Technology.
“It will be a great learning experience for our team, both on and off the court,” said rising senior Greg Mangano, who learned earlier this week he was selected to try out for a U.S. national team.  The tryouts are in late July in Colorado Springs, Colo. “The trip will help prepare us for next season, and we'll have the opportunity to grow as a team.  I'm thankful for the opportunity we've been given.”

The Chinese government of Chengdu invited Yale to play against the best Chinese Universities. Yale great John Lee ’58 set up an endowment several years ago that allows the team to make a foreign trip once every four years. The last two trips have taken the Bulldogs to Spain and Italy.

“We see this as a once in a lifetime opportunity, and we look forward to the competition and the culture of the country,” said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men’s Basketball.

The NCAA allows five days of practice time for teams making foreign trips during the offseason, and Yale started its preparation on Wednesday.

“This trip will give us a jump start for next season, and the FIBA rules will help with the up tempo style we would like to implore in 2011-12,” Jones said.

Game Schedule

May 19 vs. University of Electronic Science & Technology

May 20 vs. Southwest University of Finance & Economics

May 21 vs. Southwest Jiatong University

May 23 vs. Shanghai Jiao Tong University will provide blogs from the players, photo galleries and game recaps.