June 24, 2013
The Auburn basketball team will spend the first week of August in the Bahamas as Coach Tony Barbee prepares his fourth team for the 2013-14 season. The team will leave Auburn on Friday, Aug. 2 and return on Friday, Aug. 9, playing a pair of games against teams from the Bahamas Basketball Federation.
"With the number of newcomers entering the program this year, a foreign trip like this comes at a good time," said Barbee, "not just for the games, but more importantly, for the practices, the team building and the experience of working together. This gives us a chance to establish early on who we are and how we do things. Plus the educational benefits our student-athletes will derive from traveling outside the country is invaluable."
Auburn will have two days of practice in the Bahamas before facing the Real Deal Shockers at 9pm on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Sir Kendal Isaac's Gymnasium. A practice session will follow on Wednesday before the team plays the Bahamas All Stars at 7pm on Thursday, Aug. 8, and returns home the following day.
Other schools scheduled to travel to the Bahamas during the same period as Auburn include Maryland and Kent State, among many others. Schools are prohibited from playing each other.