TCU basketball to embark on 10-day trip to Costa Rica, San Andres Island
July 27, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU men's basketball team will head to Central America in mid-August as preparation for the 2007-08 basketball season. Over a 10-day span, the team will play five games and will also tour around Costa Rica and San Andres Island, Colombia.
On Tuesday, the Frogs will begin the first of 10 practice days prior to their departure. Each of TCU's returning players is eligible and cleared to travel and compete. Frogs making the excursion will be seniors Brent Hackett, Neiman Owens, Alvardo Parker and Ryan Wall, junior Kevin Langford, sophomores Jason Ebie, Keion Mitchem and Martiese Morones, and redshirt freshman Luke Tauscher. In addition, walk-ons Brian Abadie, David Fishel and Nick Metzger will suit up.
"This is a great way for our young players to get a lot of minutes on the floor prior to the season," TCU Head Coach Neil Dougherty said. "It will be a chance to continue building chemistry on and off the court as well. We're looking forward to having a good, fun, productive time."
The TCU trip is set for Aug. 10-19. TCU departs for San Jose, Costa Rica, on Friday, Aug. 10 and will spend two nights in the country's capital city, which is home to 2.1 million people. The Frogs will then fly to San Andres on Sunday and play games in a tournament-type format on three consecutive nights before having an off-day Wednesday.
The team will return to San Jose on Thursday for games that evening and Saturday. TCU will head back to Fort Worth Sunday.
Costa Rica, which is nestled between Nicaragua on the north and Panama on the south, is roughly the size of the states of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. In 1502, on his fourth and last voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus made the first European landfall in the area. Settlement of Costa Rica began in 1522.
San Andres Island is located 480 miles northwest of the Colombian mainland in the Caribbean Sea. Discovered in 1629, San Andres was conquered by the Spanish at the end of the 17th century.
This is the second overseas trip for the men's basketball team, which also traveled to Australia in the summer of 2002 after Dougherty took over the program.