Aug. 8, 2014
DEKALB, Ill. -- Jordan Threloff (DeKalb, Ill./DeKalb) of the NIU men’s basketball team will participate in a Global Sports Academy Goodwill European Tour beginning next week. Threloff and his team will travel to Belgium, Germany, England and the Netherlands on the nine-day trip that departs on Monday, August 11.
Led by Northwestern assistant coach Patrick Baldwin, the team is comprised of players from Georgetown, Kansas State, Northwestern, Santa Clara, SMU, South Dakota State, St. Bonaventure and Villanova in addition to Threloff.
“I’m really excited,” said Threloff. “I think we have a really good team with guys that I am looking forward to playing with and learning from. Playing for Coach Baldwin is exciting and this is a great opportunity. I just hope to go over there and play well.
“I’ve never been to Europe before and I’m looking forward to learning a little bit about the different cultures. I’m most excited about going to Germany; that is where my family is from, I know a little bit of German, and hopefully I will get the opportunity to practice that a little bit.”
After arriving in Brussels, Belgium, Threloff and his team will tour Brussels and Mechelen, Belgium as well as London, England, before playing its first game of the tour on August 14 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The team will return to Brussels to play its second game on August 15 before playing its next two games in Dusseldorf, Germany, on August 16 and 17. The tour will return to Belgium for its final game on Ghent on August 18 before flying home on August 19.
Threloff averaged 9.2 points and 7.0 rebounds, eighth-best in the MAC, per game last season, his first at NIU. The 6-foot-9 center shot 50.3 percent from the field, 12th-best in the conference, and 73.0 percent from the free-throw line, 15th in the league, and earned All-MAC Honorable Mention recognition a season ago. Threloff helped the Huskies to a 10-win turnaround in 2013-14, the largest single-season win improvement in school history.
The Global Sports Academy is a non-profit organization whose goals are to promote international goodwill and a better understanding between nations through sports. The Global Sports Academy was founded in 1991 and has grown to support 12 different sports in 25 different countries.