RICHMOND, Va. – With classes set to begin in a little under two weeks, VCU students are looking to grab last-minute vacations to destinations around the world.
That includes rising men's basketball junior guards Troy Daniels and Darius Theus, as the two recently grabbed at the chance to participate in a tour of Holland, Belgium and England with Global Sports Academy that runs from August 10th through the 17th.
Daniels and Theus will be teaming up with eight other student-athletes from Division I and II programs for this event that will be coached by California (Pa.) University head coach Bill Brown. Brown, a mentor of VCU head coach Shaka Smart, will lead the 10-member squad in five contests against European competition.
The squad opened up play in Mechelen, Belgium against BC Geel yesterday and will play the Holland U-23 National Team this evening. After spending the day in Amsterdam, the team will play Leiden 2 (August 13th), before heading back to Belgium to face Basics Melsele (August 14th). The schedule ends with an opponent to be determined on August 16.
The squad consists of a mix of Division I and II student-athletes. The two Rams are joined by guards: Jeremy Montgomery (Cleveland State), Ashton Smith (Indiana-Pa.), forwards: Travis Carroll (Purdue), Bill Luther (Pittsburgh-Johnstown) Josh Proctor (West Virginia Tech), and center: Justin Manns (Kent State).
Daniels appeared in 27 games for the Rams throughout the 2010-11 campaign, including five appearances during the team's NCAA tournament run. The Roanoke, Va., native tallied a season-high 12 points in a 86-80 victory over VMI on December 8th.
Theus played in all 40 games for the Black and Gold last season. Theus' best performance came in the Rams 72-71 "Sweet 16" victory over Florida State. The Portsmouth, Va., native played 22 minutes and scored eight points in relief of a foul-plagued Joey Rodriguez.
Fans of VCU can follow updates provided by Global Sports Academy on Twitter (GlobalSports US) and Facebook (Global Sports Academy).
VCUathletics.com will be catching up with the duo when they return for a feature about their adventure.