2015 Ivy League champions Yale are heading down under to Australia on a 10-day tour as part of their preparation for the 2015/16 NCAA Division I season.
Yale arrives in Australia from 11 August, playing games in Melbourne against Big V State Championship teams Ringwood Hawks and Diamond Valley Eagles and a Victorian Youth All Stars squad. They then head to Sydney and close out their tour with a game against Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.
After delivering a 22-win season, Yale fell just 2 points short of qualifying for the 2015 NCAA tournament. In looking to take that next step in 2016, head coach James Jones is hoping to use his side’s tour of Australia as a platform from which to build from.
“The team is looking forward to a tremendous experience that will be shared,” outlined head coach James Jones in speaking exclusively with The Pick and Roll.
“We’re hoping to accomplish continued team and relationship building.”
Jones, who is enters his 17th year at the helm of the Bulldogs, has never had his team finish lower than 4th in the Ivy League and has the best coaching record in Yale history. He also has some exciting talent on his roster that are sure to prove exciting to watch.
“We have 3 returning starters playing with the team this summer and another who has played starters minutes,” further shared Jones.
“They are Justin Sears, Jack Montague, Nick Victor and Makai Mason – any of these four players in particular could be considered a player to watch.”
Sears is a player Australian fans should definitely look out for as the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year. He is only the second Yale player in history to earn the award, with the first being Paul Maley, a name that most fans in Australia would be familiar with after a standout career in the NBL.
While Yale does not currently boast an Australian connection on their current roster, Jones was quick to advise that this was something he was open to, especially after the success Australians had achieved in other collegiate basketball programs.
“We would certainly consider an Australian on our roster and will look forward to showing possible recruits our style of play,” added Jones.
Assistant coach Anthony Goins II also noted that Yale had a lot to offer athletes across academics and basketball.
“Along with gaining an education from one of the strongest academic institutions in the world, our players get to compete at the Division 1 level in a league that is currently ranked in the top 15 conferences in the country,” explained Goins II.
In complementing their playing scheduled, Yale will also be playing tourist while in Australia. While in Melbourne, the side will be playing tourist, including a training session with the Collingwood Football Club (Australian Rules), assist in conducting a basketball clinic with Helping Hoops, checking out the wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary, and an Australian Rules Football game between Hawthorn and Geelong at the famed Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). In Sydney, the Bulldogs are planning to visit some of their famed beaches, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
2015 Yale Tour of Australia Schedule
- Wednesday, 12 August, 7:00pm AEST vs Ringwood Hawks (Big V) @ The Rings
- Thursday, 13 August, 7:00pm AEST vs Victorian Youth Allstars @ State Basketball Centre
- Sunday, 16 August, 1:00pm AEST vs Diamond Valley Eagles (Big V) @ Diamond Valley Sports Centre
- Tuesday, 18 August, 5:00pm AEST vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (Waratah) @ The Scots College