Fox: Georgia men’s basketball team to play in Italy

Mark Fox and the Georgia Bulldogs men’s basketball team will end next summer with a trip to Europe, the third-year coach confirmed on Thursday.

Georgia will tour Italy in August, play several games there and return home to start the fall semester.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do and it’s something I did with my team in Nevada ,” Fox said. “It’s a wonderful experience educationally for your players. It’s a great chance to work with your team and develop your team. It’s something I’ve wanted to do and met with (athletic director Greg McGarity) about. We finally found the right time to do it.”

Fox took Nevada on a five-game tour of Italy in 2005 and the Wolf Pack went 4-1 playing international-level clubs.

“What it will provide for us is it gives us 10 practices and a few games,” Fox said. “It’s just going to help the new players to get off to a good start. Hopefully next year it will help next year’s group get out of the box quickly.”

A summer tour might have come in handy this year when the Bulldogs lost most of its frontcourt either to graduation or the NBA draft. Jeremy Price and Chris Barnes were seniors while juniors Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie jumped into the NBA draft.

“If I had known that Travis and Trey were leaving early and we were going to have a young team like this, we might have tried to do it this past August,” Fox said. “But we couldn’t put it together that quickly.”

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