RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada men’s basketball team departs on a 10-day trip to Italy on Sunday. The NCAA allows a foreign trip every four years and this will be the Wolf Pack’s third trip to Italy. The Pack also traveled to Italy in 2005 and 2009. Nevada will make stops in Milan, Florence and Rome over the next 10 days.
The Wolf Pack will play four games while in Italy. The first game will be on Aug. 13 versus the University of Insubria Varese/Como. The second game of the trip is against Lombardy Select on Aug. 14. The Pack will play Marino on Aug. 20. The date and opponent of the fourth game has yet to be determined.
The NCAA allows for 10 days of practice prior to making a foreign tour. The Pack spent the last 10 days practicing in preparation for the four games that will be played in Italy.
The Pack’s roster will consist of eleven players for the trip. Six returning letterwinners will be joined by five newcomers. Veterans include seniors Deonte Burton, Jerry Evans, Jr. and Ali Fall along with sophomores Marqueze Coleman, Cole Huff and Richard Bell. Junior Michael Perez sat out last season after transferring from UTEP and will see his first action in the Silver & Blue on the trip.
Newcomers include a pair of transfer forwards in junior Ronnie Stevens and sophomore Lucas Stivrins. Freshmen guards D.J. Fenner and Patrick Conroy round out the 11-man squad. A pair of newcomers Chris Brown and AJ West will not travel with the team. Newcomers must complete six hours of class work at Nevada in order to be eligible under NCAA rules to make a foreign trip and they have yet to attend school at Nevada. Both will join the team in the fall.