COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M men’s basketball junior-to-be guard Alex Caruso is set to join a contingency of current and former collegiate basketball players from across the United States embarking on a two-week competitive tour of the Philippines as one of 11 Athletes In Action international-touring basketball teams this summer.
The team will gather in Dayton, Ohio, on July 18 for a five-day training camp before heading overseas on July 23 where it will play eight games over a 12-day span before returning to the United States on August 5.
In addition to playing hoops, the team is slated to visit a children’s hospital and orphanage as well as provide gifts of shoes, sports equipment, medical supplies, games and food to the needy.
The team will play an array of teams during the venture, including the country’s top three collegiate basketball programs as well as three new professional teams that have expanded into the country’s Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
Emerging as one of the SEC's top playmakers a year ago, Caruso led the league in total assists (170), assists per game (5.0) and total steals (6.9) while also seeing his scoring average jump from 5.5 points per game as a freshman in 2012-13 to 9.0 last season.
Joining Caruso on the trip to the Philippines will be Kellen Dunham (Butler), Demonte Flannigan (Cleveland State), Toddrick Gotcher (Texas Tech), Jerome Hill (Gardner-Webb), Traevon Jackson (Wisconsin), Lotanna Nwogbo (Longwood), Aaron Scales (Cleveland State) and Quincy Taylor (Longwood).
Morris Michalski, veteran AIA coach, heads the leadership team from Athletes in Action.
Athletes in Action was founded in 1966 as a Christian-based organization which uses sports as a platform for ministry and international competition. For more information visit athletesinaction.org.