WSU basketball player DaVonte Lacy had a monster junior season as part of a pretty terrible team, and he's subsequently been rewarded by being named to the Pac-12 all-star team that will travel to China this summer for a tour.
There are 13 players on the team coached by Utah's Larry Krystkowiak, and the tour will follow a three-day pre-camp for practicing together and be made up of four games in 10 days from Aug. 10-19.
While these tours sometimes can be little more than glorified meet-and-greets against overmatched competition from obscure colleges abroad, this tour actually shapes up to be quite the test for the team; after its first game against a university team, the all-stars will take on three teams from the professional Chinese Basketball Association. Remember former first round NBA pick Yi Jianlian? He plays for the Guangdong Southern Tigers, who won the regular season title last year and will be one of the opponents.
The rest of the roster: guards Andrew Andrews (Washington), Bo Barnes (Arizona State), Malcom Duvivier (Oregon State), Jacob Hazzard (Arizona) and Brandon Taylor (Utah); forwards Xavier Johnson (Colorado), Nikola Jovanovic (USC), Jordan Loveridge (Utah) and Roger Moute a Bidias (California); and centers Cheikh N’diaye (Oregon State), Jeremy Olsen (Utah) and Schuyler Rimmer (Stanford).
I'd assume Lacy ends up in the starting lineup with Andrews, Johnson and Loveridge, who are pretty clearly the four best players on the team, which means he should get plenty of run against some quality competition, which will be great for him.
Of course, there also will be a fair amount of sightseeing, as the outfit will visit Shanghai, Nantong and Shenzhen. There also will be some youth clinics, all of which is part of the Pac-12's Global Initiative.
Congrats to Lacy on a well deserved honor.