CORVALLIS, Ore. - After spending the past nine days in Europe, the Oregon State men's basketball team returned to Corvallis late Tuesday night and took the time to reflect on the highlights of the trip, including their favorite meal, what made them laugh the loudest and the gift they bought for that special someone.
The Beavers enjoyed a once in a lifetime experience with stops in Paris, Barcelona and Madrid that included sightseeing, beaches, gourmet meals and basketball games. There were lots of laughs, plenty of photos taken and a 4-0 record in the games that made the journey together a memorable one that will never be forgotten.
In their own words, the coaching staff and players answer the following questions about the trip:
What was the best gift you bought and who did you buy it for? Craig Robinson: One of those lighted helicopter things you shoot into the sky and it falls down for Austin Doug Stewart: A series of gifts for my wife at the Madrid flea market Nate Pomeday: I bought my daughter an FC Barcelona small soccer ball David Grace: I bought my wife a purse and some jewelry and a scarf Challe Barton: A Messi jersey for my close friend back home in Sweden Angus Brandt: A Sergio Ramos jersey for a very, very good deal for my girlfriend Megan Joe Burton: In Barcelona I bought an "I love MILF" shirt for myself Devon Collier: A necklace for my daughter Daniel Gomis: I bought the "I love Paris" shirt and I bought a Cristiano Ronaldo jersey for my friend who plays on the soccer team at OSU Daniel Jones: A hand painted bull sculpture for my dad C.J. Mitchell: I bought an "I love Barcelona" shirt for my mom Eric Moreland: I bought a Paris bag for a friend Langston Morris-Walker: Some shot glasses for my mom Michael Moyer: Some jewelry for a female Roberto Nelson: A necklace for my mom Jullian Powers: I bought postcards for all of my great grandmas and aunts Jarmal Reid: Some headphones for me Victor Robbins: The paintings I bought in Paris for my mom Ahmad Starks: Miniature Eiffel Tower for my mom
What moment made you laugh the loudest? Craig Robinson: Joe flopping like the European players and Ahmad breaking down the guy and he fell and the whole gym started laughing and he made the shot Doug Stewart: Jones on stage at the flamenco Nate Pomeday: Coach Grace's raccoon story (if you don't know it, you should ask him) David Grace: When Jones was dancing Challe Barton: When nobody clapped their hands for Jullian when he got his certificate Angus Brandt: When Jonsey got subbed in at the end of the game and called a play for himself Joe Burton: At the dancing place one of the guys just broke out and yelled really loud Devon Collier: When I said look at this smack guy and don't laugh Daniel Gomis: When Jones got on stage and the way he was smiling when he was dancing Daniel Jones: Watching Eric and Devon and Jullian trying to order ice cream in Paris C.J. Mitchell: When Jones went up and danced Eric Moreland: When they gave Jullian his certificate and nobody clapped Langston Morris-Walker: When Jones danced Michael Moyer: When the door closed on Coach Rob and his shoe fell off and he had to walk with one shoe Roberto Nelson: When we didn't say Jullian's name when they were giving out awards Jullian Powers: Just being with everyone in the hotel and everyone grouping up in one room and talking about each other Jarmal Reid: When Jullian forgot to get his jersey washed Victor Robbins: The moment when Daniel went on stage and danced Ahmad Starks: When we received the certificates for the trip and everyone clapped for everyone except for Jullian
Check out the following YouTube link to watch Coach Robinson recap the four-game, 11-day trip to Europe during a press conference with the local media after the Beavers returned to Corvallis:
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