Platt to Play Germany with Athletes in Action

EUGENE, Ore. — Senior Mitch Platt has been invited to join the Athletes in Action team that will play a series of exhibition games in Germany, the AIA announced Tuesday.

The team will train at the AIA headquarters in Xenia, Ohio, Aug. 9-11 before departing to Berlin.

Between Aug. 12-18, the team will play six games in Germany against professional clubs. The squad will return to the United States on Aug. 19.

Platt, a 6-10 forward/center from Henderson, Nev., averaged 1.3 points per game in 20 appearances as a junior last season.

For his career, Platt has played in 74 games with 47 starts, averaging 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, and has shot 52.6 percent from the field (111-211).

Platt will join Trent Meacham and Richard Semrau of Illinois, Alex McLean and Anthony Smith of Liberty, Demond Carter of Baylor, Stuart Creason of Colorado State, Chris Kramer of Purdue, Brandon McPherson of Valparaiso and Dwight Thorne II of Colorado on the AIA roster.

The team will be coached by Massachusetts associate head coach Tim Maloney and Valparaiso assistant coach Jason Hawkins.

Platt will be the second Duck to tour with AIA this summer. Last week, the organization announced that senior center Ray Schafer will join the team headed to Australia in August.

According to the organization's web site,, the faith-based Athletes in Action was founded in 1966 by David Hannah. As a branch of Campus Crusade for Christ, AIA's mission is to "bring Jesus Christ and His message of victory into the hearts, homes, and communities of millions around the world...and to share one message: Life's greatest victory is found in a relationship with Jesus Christ."

As of 2006, AIA had a ministry presence in 85 countries and on nearly 100 college campuses and 35 professional sports teams.

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