CORVALLIS, Ore. – Rising Oregon State sophomores Malcolm Duvivier and Cheikh N’diaye were selected to a Pac-12 Men’s Basketball All-Star Team that will embark on a four-game tour of China this summer as part of its Globalization Initiative, the Conference announced on Friday.
The aim of the initiative is to help support Pac-12 member universities’ international outreach efforts, build their brands in an important market, and provide quality educational and cultural exchange experiences for student-athletes.
Duvivier, a 6-foot-2 guard from Toronto, Canada, played in all 32 games this past season, averaging 3.1 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.4 assists. He had his best game late in the season, going for career highs with 13 points, four field goals, seven field goal attempts, three three-pointers and four three-point attempts against Arizona State on March 8 in Corvallis.
N’diaye, a 7-foot center from Dakar, Senegal, played in 17 games during his freshman campaign and averaged 0.8 points and 0.6 rebounds. He was efficient from the field as he knocked down seven of his eight field goal attempts. N’diaye, who is just the 10th 7-footer in Oregon State men’s basketball history, had career highs with four points, two field goals and two field goal attempts at DePaul on Dec. 1.
Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak will guide the roster of players representing 10 of the Conference’s 12 members. The Pac-12 intended on having all 12 member universities represented on the team. However, the academic schedules of student-athletes from Oregon and UCLA conflicted with the tour dates.
The team will face a Chinese university all-star team and play three games against teams from the Chinese Basketball Association, including the Shanghai Sharks. Eight-time NBA All-Star Yao Ming owns the Sharks. Max Zhang, a former California student-athlete, has been the center for the Sharks since his return to China in 2010.
The Pac-12 all-star team will also play the Guangdong Southern Tigers, the 2013-14 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) regular season champion. The Tigers' leading Chinese scorer is Yi Jianlian, who played for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks under Krystkowiak during the 2007-08 season before returning to the CBA in 2012.
In addition to the competition in China, the team will participate in various youth clinics, as well as take in the culture and history of China with visits to various landmarks and historical sites in the cities of Shanghai, Nantong and Shenzhen.
The Pac-12 is working with HUPU Sports Media Co. in arranging and promoting the tour, competitions and cultural activities. The Pac-12 is also continuing its partnership with Federation of University of Sports (FUSC), China’s equivalent of NCAA in organizing the 3rd China-U.S. University Sports Week, an annual collaborative event between the Pac-12 and the FUSC that will feature a friendly game between the Pac-12 All-star Team and a Chinese University All-star Team and coaching clinics. In addition, the United States Consulate in Shanghai has agreed to support the tour and will have senior members of the Consulate participate a welcome reception for the Pac-12 delegation, a tour press conference and various activities of the tour in Shanghai and Nantong.
To support the Pac-12 Conference’s on-going effort to build awareness of its member universities and the Conference in China, the Pac-12 is working with its Chinese partners to organize an academic symposium in conjunction with the Pac-12 men’s basketball all-star tour in August. The symposium will include a high-profile U.S.-China university leaders’ forum and business meetings between the Pac-12 university delegates and senior dignitaries from the Chinese government and universities. Six of the Conference's member institutions will send a senior member to join this symposium.
Over the past two summers as part of the Conference’s Globalization Initiative, the league has sent an all-star women’s volleyball team, men’s basketball teams from Arizona State and UCLA and women’s basketball team from California to China.
The 10-day tour will commence Aug. 10 and will be the first men’s basketball all-star tour for the Pac-12 since the Conference sent both a men’s and women’s all-star team to Japan in 1996.
2014 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball China Tour Roster
Andrew Andrews, Washington, G, 6-2, 195, So., Portland, Ore.
Bo Barnes, Arizona State, G/F, 6-4, 195, Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz
Malcolm Duvivier, Oregon State, G, 6-2, 205, Fr., Toronto, Canada
Jacob Hazzard, Arizona, G, 6-0, 160, So., Los Angeles, Calif.
Xavier Johnson, Colorado, F, 6-7, 220, So., Los Angeles, Calif.,
Nikola Jovanovic, USC, F, 6-10, 215, Fr., Belgrade, Serbia
DaVonté Lacy, Washington State, G, 6-4, 215, Jr., Tacoma, Wash.
Jordan Loveridge, Utah, F, 6-6, 210, So., West Jordan, Utah,
Roger Moute a Bidias, California, F, 6-7, 200, Jr., Yaounde, Cameroon
Cheikh N’diaye, Oregon State, C, 7-0, 230, Fr., Dakar, Senegal
Jeremy Olsen, Utah, C, 6-10, 232, Jr., Lawrenceville, Ga.
Schuyler Rimmer, Stanford, C, 6-10, 255, Fr., Orlando, Fla.
Brandon Taylor, Utah, G, 5-10, 165, So., Los Angeles, Calif.
Tentative Tour Itinerary
Aug. 7-9 -- Pre-tour practice at San Francisco site to be determined
Aug. 10 -- Depart for Shanghai, China
Aug. 11 -- Arrive Shanghai, China
Aug. 13 -- Game 1 vs. Chinese University All-Stars (Shanghai)
Aug. 14 -- Game 2 vs. Jiangsu Dragons or Shanghai Sharks (Nantong)
Aug. 15 -- Pac-12 Academic Symposium
Aug. 16 -- Game 3 vs. Shanghai Sharks (Shanghai)
Aug. 17 -- Youth clinic at the Yi Jianlian Basketball Camp
Aug. 18 -- Game 4 vs. Guangdong Southern Tigers (Shenzhen)
Aug. 19 or 20 -- Depart for United States