For the second time in as many summers, junior Kentucky guard Brad Calipari enjoyed a successful eight-day basketball trip with Global Sports Academy.
After averaging 14.3 points and 6.5 assists in an eight-day trip to Croatia a year ago, Calipari had another strong outing with the group this time in three European countries.
The squad, made up of 10 collegiate players from eight different schools, produced a 3-2 record in its five outings.
Calipari was outstanding once again. He averaged 13.2 points and 7.0 assists per game. One of his most productive games scoring was his last where he poured in 17 points and added six assists to finish the trip on a high note.
The Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, native opened the week with 10 points and five assists. After an eight-point and five-assist performance in game two, Calipari found his rhythm. He was effective offensively in a multitude of ways, registering a double-double with 17 points and 11 assists. He followed that with a 14-point, eight-assist performance, including going 4 of 5 from behind the arc, in game four.
The team, coached by Bucknell assistant Joe Meehan, played five games against professional teams from the region, including Cologne and Leverkusen in Germany and Leuven.
During the trip, Calipari and his teammates also had the opportunity to attend cultural events and see historical sites throughout the three countries.
Global Sports Academy was incorporated in 1991 to create and arrange athletic competition between equally matched teams at all levels internationally. Promoting international goodwill and a better understanding between nations through sports is the major goal of the organization.
Calipari has made 26 appearances during his first two seasons at Kentucky. He’s scored 11 points and made three 3-pointers. The Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, native has also hauled in five boards and dished out a pair of assists.
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