AUBURN — Auburn men’s basketball will play three games during a team trip to Israel this summer, the school announced Monday.
The Tigers will play the Israel U-20 national team twice, on August 2 and 6. Their final game is against the senior Israel national team on August 8. The trip lasts from July 31 to August 10 with stops in Jerusalem. and Tel Aviv.
Under NCAA rules, the team is allowed one international trip every four years. It’s been five years since Auburn basketball’s last overseas adventure (Italy in 2017).
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“These overseas trips have been one of the greatest teaching moments I’ve been part of in 40 years of coaching college basketball,” coach Bruce Pearl said in a statement from the IA. school, praising Israel’s “competitive quality” and support for professional basketball. He added that “from a historical and religious point of view, this will be one of the greatest journeys of our student-athletes’ lives.”
The trip will be a first bonding experience for Pearl’s 2022-23 roster which will feature a number of new faces. The Tigers have three incoming freshmen and a May 2 transfer. Twelve of the team’s maximum 13 purses are filled.