FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With a roster made up of nine freshmen and sophomores, Arkansas basketball coach Stan Heath will get extra practice time and a few extra games this year when the Razorbacks travel to Cancun, Mexico, to face three professional club teams over Labor Day weekend.
The games are scheduled for Aug. 30 and 31, and Sept. 1 in and around the Cancun area.
The NCAA allows teams to participate in a foreign tour once every four years, as long as it does not conflict with class time. The Razorbacks will depart following classes on Aug. 29 and return following the game on Sept. 1.
“This will give us a head start with our team,” Heath said. “We were looking for ways to speed along the process and this is a great opportunity. Typically, teams take these tours in the summer. With so many young players and incoming new players, this will be a key time for us because they will all get to play with their teammates.”
In preparation for the tour, Heath and his staff will be allowed 10 extra days of practice.
Arkansas was 9-19 last year, but the team’s top three scorers – Jonathon Modica (11.5 ppg), Eric Ferguson (10.9 ppg) and Kendrick Davis (10.3 ppg) – all return for their sophomore seasons along with five other lettermen.
In addition, UA’s incoming recruiting class, which includes Ronnie Brewer of Fayetteville and Olu Famutimi of Flint, Mich., a pair of high school All-Americans, has been ranked in the top 10 of virtually every national list.
Tour arrangements are being made by Total Sports Travel. Anyone interested in making the trip should call 1-888-367-8781.