The Big Ten officially announced the 2005 Big Ten Men's Basketball Foreign Tour Team, which will play five games in Spain from Aug. 9-19. Indiana's Marco Killingsworth is one of 12 players on the squad, which will be coached by Illinois Coach Bruce Weber.
This will be the first game action since the 2003-04 season for the 6-8, 265-pound Killingsworth, when he averaged a team-best 13.7 points and 6.9 rebounds for Auburn in 2003-04. Killingsworth, who earned second-team All-SEC honors as a junior, decided to transfer at the conclusion of the 2004 season after Coach Cliff Ellis was fired, and ultimately wound up in Bloomington. Due to transfer rules, Killingsworth had to sit out the 2004-05 season, giving him one year of eligibility at IU.
"I'm really excited about going on the Foreign Tour and even more excited to finally get back on the court," Killingsworth said in a prepared statement. "I get a chance to get myself back into basketball shape and get used to playing with referees again. I think it will be a great experience and will give me the chance to get back into shape and improve my game."
In addition to Kilingsworth, the 2005 Foreign Tour Team will include a pair of Weber's own players in guards Calvin Brock and Brian Randle. Brock and Randle both enter this year after sitting out the 2004-05 season as redshirts. In addition, the Tour squad will have two other guards in Iowa's Mike Henderson and Northwestern's Evan Seacat. Henderson saw action in all 33 games with 14 starts at the point guard position last season to rank fourth on the team with a 4.9 scoring average. Seacat enters his senior season after seeing action in 73 career games.
The Foreign Tour Team includes six student-athletes who play the forward position in Indiana's Marco Killingsworth, Michigan's Ron Coleman, Ohio State's Matt Terwilliger, Penn State's Brandon Hassell, Purdue's Matt Kiefer and Wisconsin's Jason Chappell.
In his first season in Ann Arbor, Coleman worked his way into the lineup, starting in 23 of 31 Big Ten games to finish the season with an average of 7.5 points per contest. Terwilliger saw action in 15 games for the Buckeyes under first-year head coach Thad Matta. Hassell competed in 20 contests and earned his first career start against Illinois last season. Kiefer averaged 9.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last year, while claiming Academic All-Big Ten laurels for the second consecutive year. After sitting out his sophomore season as a redshirt, Chappell returned in 2004-05, competing in 14 games.
Weber will also have two centers to choose from in Michigan State's Goran Suton and Minnesota's Spencer Tollackson. Suton sat out last season as a redshirt, while Tollackson competed in all 32 games last season with three starts for the Golden Gophers.
Big Ten Announces Men's Foreign Tour Team
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