"The team will be coached by Utah's Larry Krystkowiak and will compete in four games and take part in various youth clinics this August," team officials said in an Arizona State press release on Friday. "The trip is a part of the league's Globalization Initiative which is aimed to help support Pac-12 member universities' international outreach efforts."
Oregon and UCLA are the two schools that will not send a representative on the 13-man roster. according to the Pac-12. Media reports cited the academic calendar of both institutions wasn't conducive for players from those schools to join the team.
Bo Barnes was just in China relatively speaking. The Scottsdale resident traveled with Arizona State to Asia last off-season as the team participated in its own part of the Pac-12 globalization initiative. Then, the players and teams the Sun Devils competed against did not have much notability.
This time around the group of Pac-12 all-stars will play the Shanghai Sharks, a team Yao Ming played with before the Houston Rockets and now owns. As well as the Guangdong Southern Tigers, the Chinese Basketball Association's 2013-14 champion and team of Yi Jianlian.
Jianlian ,who had stints with the Bucks, Nets, Wizards and Mavericks before returning to the CBA, is one of the few notable Chinese players.
Numerous factors go into the selection process for teams such as this, but Barnes' election to this global Pac-12 squad may once again show how diluted the conference could be this upcoming season without players such as: Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, Jordan Bachynski, Jahii Carson, Aaron Gordon, Nick Johnson, Roberto Nelson and Dwight Powell returning to play.
Last year Coach Herb Sendek did not put a tremendous amount of weight on how ASU's specific play in China would help or even effect its play in that approaching season, so how much Barnes will benefit from this excursion remains to be seen.
But the facts remain; Barnes is a Pac-12 all-star representing ASU on the other side of the hemisphere. Pretty good for a guy who up until a month ago was not supposed to be returning to the team.