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ZagNative
06-01-2015, 09:46 AM
Eric is about to leave for the Athletes in Action Poland tour (http://teamblogs.athletesinaction.org/athletes-in-action-basketball-announces-roster-for-poland-tour).

Athletes In Action Basketball Announces Roster for Poland Tour

Monument, Colorado --- A combination of nine NCAA DI basketball players from across the United States and one Polish player will come together to embark on a 10-day competitive tour of Poland. The AIA team is one of seven Athletes In Action (AIA) international-touring men’s and two women’s basketball teams this summer.

The team will depart June 3 and begin a training camp in Bialystok, Poland on June 4. The AIA team will play 5 games. The teams we will play are Rosa Radom (pro team), U20 Belarus National Team, AWF University, and two games against U20 Polish National Team. The goals of this tour are to provide a rich cross-cultural experience for each team member and for team members to grow in their personal faith.

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RenoZag
06-01-2015, 10:52 AM
I think that's the first time I have seen a "Team Discipler" on a roster. . .

Definition / Description of a "Discipler" http://ministry127.com/outreach-and-discipleship/the-discipler

The trip sounds like a great opportunity for EMac and the rest of the squad

Kiddwell
06-01-2015, 11:37 AM
:clap: Kiddwell likes this news a lot. :clap:

Blessings & Fun!



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ZagNative
06-03-2015, 12:40 PM
Per GoZags.com (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=210128994&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter), Ryan Edwards is joining Eric McClellan on the Athletes in Action trip! Exciting news!

MBB’s McClellan and Edwards to Tour Poland with Athletes in Action

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MONUMENT, Colo. – Gonzaga men’s basketball players Eric McClellan and Ryan Edwards departed for Bialystok, Poland, today as part of the Athletes in Action basketball team that will embark on a 10-day competitive tour of the country.

The team will begin their training camp June 4 in Bialystok and then play five games over seven days throughout Poland. The teams will play Rosa Radom (Polish pro team), U20 Belarus National Team, AWF University, and two games against U20 Polish National Team. The goals of this tour are to provide a rich cross-cultural experience for each team member and for team members to grow in their personal faith.

McClellan and Edwards will be joined by Mercer’s Andrew Fisher, Baylor’s Ish Wainwright and TJ Maston, UAB’s CJ Washington, Prairie View A&M’s Karim York, Valparaiso’s Jubril Adekoya and Max Joseph, Ohio State’s David Bell and Poland native Grzegorz Grochowski.

The team is coached by Valpo’s Roger Powell with assistant coaches Will Chapman (Texas A&M Corpus Christi), Poland native Mariusz Bawrylak and Pawel Mrozik (Mission Mountain School).

As part of the tour, AWF University will host a FIBA National Coach's Clinic on June 12-13 in which Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd will be one of the speakers.

Follow AIA Basketball on twitter at www.twitter.com/aia_basketball and on facebook at www.facebook.com/aiabasketball. For more information visit AIA Basketball’s website at www.athletesinaction.com/basketball.

AIA Schedule

June 4 - arrive in Warsaw, Poland and bus to Bialystok to begin training camp

June 5-7 - training camp in Bialystok

June 7 - game vs. Rosa Radom, a Polish Professional team

June 8 - game vs. U20 Belarus National Team

June 9 - bus to Katowice, a city in southern Poland to stay at AWF University

June 10 - tour Auschwitz Concentration Camp

June 11 - game vs. AWF University

June 12 - game vs.U20 Poland National Team

June 13 - game vs. U20 Poland National Team

June 14 - day off

June 15 - return to USA

Zagdawg
06-03-2015, 12:53 PM
Nice-- great way for both to get some additional time on the floor!

We have a ton of players getting additional playing time in this offseason -- good news.

GonzagasaurusFlex
06-03-2015, 01:05 PM
Per GoZags.com (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=210128994&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter), Ryan Edwards is joining Eric McClellan on the Athletes in Action trip! Exciting news!

Great news indeed and just what Ryan needs coming off a redshirt year. Looking forward to hearing how he does and hope he and EMac have a great experience together.

jazzdelmar
06-03-2015, 01:39 PM
Bialystok? There was one?

RenoZag
06-03-2015, 01:48 PM
Bialystok? There was one?

Three. The town, Zero Mostel, and Nathan Lane

sittingon50
06-03-2015, 02:08 PM
Per GoZags.com (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=210128994&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter), Ryan Edwards is joining Eric McClellan on the Athletes in Action trip! Exciting news!

Tommy in Europe. Reel 'em in!

jazzdelmar
06-03-2015, 03:24 PM
Three. The town, Zero Mostel, and Nathan Lane

How about Larry David on Curb?

RenoZag
06-03-2015, 08:37 PM
How about Larry David on Curb?

Not familiar with Curb, Jazz, so I stand corrected

Zagdawg
06-04-2015, 02:25 PM
Interesting tidbit- --good for recruiting visibility---

"As part of the tour, AWF University will host a FIBA National Coach's Clinic on June 12-13 in which Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd will be one of the speakers."

http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=210128994#.VXDI3II9Wak.twitter

sittingon50
06-04-2015, 03:07 PM
I must be on the list.

ZagNative
06-05-2015, 01:14 PM
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-57hgyM1pV1o/VXISBfuXTAI/AAAAAAACfkg/13Hj8RU8X08/s860/2015-06-05%252520Eric%252520McClellan%252520poland.jpg

ZagNative
06-05-2015, 02:35 PM
From Twitter:

Gonzaga Basketball ‏@ZagMBB

Gonzaga Basketball retweeted AIA Basketball

Follow @EasyMcClellan and @Ryan25Edwards tour in Poland with @aia_basketball on team blog: http://bit.ly/1APHNej

Zagdawg
06-05-2015, 02:44 PM
Check out the blog about the guys trip..... First entry below....and the link for future info.

http://teamblogs.athletesinaction.org/2015-teams/2015/basketball---poland


"Basketball team arrived in Poland


We are in Bialystok, Poland and had our first practice last night. long day of travel from Chicago through Munich to Warsaw and then 3 hour bus ride to Bialystok in Eastern Poland near Belarus border.

Head Coach Roger Powell was detained by police at Warsaw Airport for a while, but everything was worked out. Our tour director was nervous he wouldn't make the plane to Warsaw.

Had lunch in old city of Warsaw before heading out on a 3 hour bus ride to Bialystok. We had our first practice last night in Bialystok. I was proud of the way the guys handled the tough first day of travel.

Unfortunately, we lost one player, Karim York of Prairie View A&M, from our roster who had an achilles injury.right before the tour was to begin."

ZagNative
06-08-2015, 06:30 PM
Blog update: (http://teamblogs.athletesinaction.org/2015-teams/2015/basketball---poland)

Poland Basketball is Now 2-0

We are now 2-0. Yesterday we defeated U20 Belarus team 82-49.

Today we did 2 school assemblies. The guys were awesome as they engaged with high school students and did drills and games with them. The first school assembly had 300 students and the second at a different school had 250. Roger Powell shared his faith at end of first school assembly and our Polish assistant coach Mariusz Gawrylak shared his faith at second school assembly. Team times are going well as we teach the AIA Principles.

Tomorrow (the 9th) we bus to Katowice for the second half of the tour to play AWF University and 2 games against U20 Polish National Team.

hooter73
06-08-2015, 08:35 PM
Im usually one of those "stay here and work out" types but EMac and especially Edwards doing this is a huge opportunity for them and benefit to their games down the road. Very cool!

DixieZag
06-08-2015, 09:55 PM
Im usually one of those "stay here and work out" types but EMac and especially Edwards doing this is a huge opportunity for them and benefit to their games down the road. Very cool!

"Stay here and work out" is likely the best from the pure "improve game" perspective, but there is just so much more - maturity wise, as well as just being in college and getting this type of opportunity. I am just happy for both of them, such a trip would be so exciting.

And, we still need Tommy hooked up with that GPS bell around his neck.

ZagNative
06-12-2015, 08:11 PM
Twitter reports:

Gonzaga Guru ‏@ZagsGuru

Gonzaga Guru retweeted AIA Basketball

The #Gonzaga duo of @EasyMcClellan (35 pts, 82% FG) and @25ryan (11 pts) came up big in a win over U20 Poland team!

From the AIA blog: (http://teamblogs.athletesinaction.org/basketball-poland-game-against-the-u20-national-team)


We defeated the U20 Poland National team tonight 83-57. We were down 38-23 at half and we were playing very poorly. We shot 24% in the first half. Then Coach Roger Powell motivated the guys at halftime. We sped up the game(we play with a 24 second shot clock) and pulled away winning 82-57. I prayed with the players in the locker room after the game that I hoped their lives would turn around in their pursuit of God as quickly as that game turned around! Eric Mcclellaln(Gonzaga) had 35 points shooting a blistering 82% from the field including 2 for 2 from 3's in the second half. Ryan Edwards had a very good game with 11 points and pulling down some big offensive rebounds.

SteelZag
06-12-2015, 09:04 PM
Wow! Were they playing the Washington Generals?

Sounds like the Polish team was a little overmatched. Good for Eric and Ryan. Anytime a player sees the ball go through the hoop consistently, confidence is gained.

zagamatic
06-13-2015, 02:54 AM
82%!?!?!? Even Sabonis would have a hard time hitting that percentage with 35 points. Me thinks that the starting roles may still be yet to be determined.

MTZag03
06-13-2015, 05:22 AM
82%!?!?!? Even Sabonis would have a hard time hitting that percentage with 35 points. Me thinks that the starting roles may still be yet to be determined.

I wonder how many shots were layups/dunks versus mid range jumpers.

jazzdelmar
06-13-2015, 08:27 AM
Not much comp but a great cultural experience and bonding between our two guys will be a benefit at some point this year.

hooter73
06-13-2015, 08:28 AM
impressive numbers no matter what but I look at them with a grain of salt. Just like MTZag said, were they run out layups where he was just cherry picking around the rim or all of them contested jumpers? Style of play is a huge difference maker but either way, I like seeing that the ability is obviously there.

HenneZag
06-13-2015, 09:37 AM
impressive numbers no matter what but I look at them with a grain of salt. Just like MTZag said, were they run out layups where he was just cherry picking around the rim or all of them contested jumpers? Style of play is a huge difference maker but either way, I like seeing that the ability is obviously there.

I agree with most of what you're saying. With that said 35 pts is not just handed to you. When I watched EM play last year I was left a little dissapointed with his scoring, of course his role was not to provide scoring but rather defense. EM has the speed and athleticism, and I'm looking forward to seeing the next step in his game with GU.

His 35pts personally has me intrigued, we know he can score, he showed that at Vanderbilt and I'm certain we will see more of that next season. We have very athletic guards next season, it will be fun to see how we utilize positions 1-3.

ProjectMKUltra5
06-13-2015, 09:46 AM
Two thoughts

1.) I don't think the team they were playing was that bad, Poland had a 15 point lead at the half.

2.) They were probably playing fiba rules which is perfect for EMacs game. 24 sec shot clock, faster pace of play, wider lane allows for more space in the lane. Probably had a field day with all the space he had to drive the ball.