Rick Pitino, Iona University headed to foreign basketball tour in Greece


Rick Pitino and the Iona Gaels are headed to Greece for a 12-working day overseas tour from August 19-30, when they will enjoy five exhibition games against four professional basketball groups to support put together for the 2021-22 season.

While there, the Gaels will compete from Ionikos Nikaias, Lavrio, Pitino’s former crew Panathinaikos, and Peristeri, the latter in a two-match collection.

“It can be a quite specific time to bond with your crew and exercise with your team, and Greece provides a particular dimension,” PItino mentioned. “Usually, you really don’t get fantastic competition on these international visits. We’re likely to participate in from four division one good teams, and one particular crew plays in the EuroLeague, my ex-team. To play 5 online games in seven times in Athens versus professional teams, it’s an awesome knowledge. Culturally, it does not get any better than Greece. This vacation, the experience, the competitors — it can be the excursion of a life span for these young gentlemen.”

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