NCAA rules allow D-1 basketball programs to go on an international tournament once every four years. The competition is rarely much, but the attraction for coaches — and why they push hard for it despite the obvious expense — is that it gives them extra team practices. It’s a huge incentive. The fact that it is permitted once every four years, though, does make it a commodity that can’t be wasted. A team can’t wait an extra year and then get to take a trip only three years apart.
For Pitt players on the 2014-15 team, this means they get a trip to the Bahamas and a trip to Hawaii this year.
Don’t worry, the players are taking it seriously. This summer trip is all about basketball.
Sophomore transfer Sheldon Jeter smiled when discussing the anticipation for the trip.
“It’s exciting. We get to go to the Bahamas,” he said. “It’s not an everyday experience. It’s definitely something I’ve been looking forward to all summer.”
Jeter said it isn’t the basketball aspect he is looking forward to the most.
“Probably just relaxing, getting the chance to enjoy the beaches, the women down there and all that. It’s nice that we get to play basketball down there, but I’m looking forward to a vacation probably a little bit more than I am the basketball,” he said.
Goddammit Jeter. Get on the same page, here.