Davenport, M. Wright To Participate In European Basketball Tour

Davenport, M. Wright To Participate In European Basketball Tour

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St. Bonaventure men's basketball players Michael Davenport and Matthew Wright will embark Thursday on a nine-day European basketball trip through Belgium and France from Aug. 2-10 as part of the Global Sports Academy's (GSA) summer collegiate tour.

Davenport, a redshirt senior, and Wright, a junior, were selected to the Global Sports Academy Select/All-Star Team and will play five games against Belgium squads. They will train, compete and partake in cultural excursions in Belgium, and mid-way through the visit will travel to France and explore Paris.

The team is comprised of 10 players from five other universities in New York and Pennsylvania: West Chester University (Pa., Division II), the University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Division II) and Clarkson University (N.Y., Division III). Roy Blumenthal, founder of GSA and top assistant for West Chester University's men's basketball program, will coach the team.

Davenport and Wright's teammate, senior Demitrius Conger, took part in GSA's program last summer when his team traveled to Belgium, Germany and London.

A Cincinnati native, Davenport averaged 5.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in eight games in 2011-12 before his season was cut short due to a left shoulder injury. Wright, a product of Toronto, led St. Bonaventure in 3-point shooting last season with 40 3's en route to 6.8 points per outing. He will enter 2012-13 as the Bonnies' second-leading returning scorer behind Conger (12.1).

GSA, a not-for-profit organization established in 1991, allows student-athletes to act as ambassadors representing the United States and their respective institution while competing in their sport internationally. Its mission is to arrange athletic competition for both select all-star and college teams at all levels, to "Promote International Goodwill" and create a better understanding between nations through sports.