Before this week, the biggest link that Northeastern University had to Germany in basketball terms was the fact that it´s alumnist Jose Barea has been playing with German basketball legend in the making Dirk Nowitzki with the Dallas Mavericks for 7 seasons, but now the school and the country that gave the world classical music, the Octoberfest and Boris Becker will be coming together via the Basketball AID International Opportunity Tour this summer. Northeastern University and the BASKETBALL AID International Tour committee announced Monday that the men’s basketball team will travel to Germany to participate in the BASKETBALL AID International Tour 2016.
Northeastern will travel to Germany at the end of August 2016 to help strengthen the German-American friendship and to support the BASKETBALL AID e:V which is a charity to aid children with cancer. The university will be playing against high level professional German teams from the Beko BBL, Pro A and Pro B. The Huskies won´t only be dueling against hungry professional teams in preseason, but also be present and supportive at basketball camps for children and also be active at social events to help the charitable background of the tour.
The BASKETBALL AID International Opportunity Tour committee had been looking for a school for many months forthis summer´s tour and had narrowed down their pool to 80 schools and rounded it out to four schools and in the end the best candidate was Northeastern. Hans Beth chairman of the BASKETBALL AID International Tour 2016 didn´t have an easy choice and looked closely at three factors that were vital in making the perfect decision. First Northeastern presented a very fine application, second it is known as having an exceptional sports program and third it maintains close connections to the chamber for German-American student exchange. In addition to these three points being supported by the BASKETBALL AID International Opportunity Tour committee, it also had numerous conversations with the representatives of the school and were impressed and felt that they were as attached to the tour and behind it as they were.
Northeastern University is a private university from Boston that was founded in 1898 and has currently more than 17,000 students enrolled. It is best known for having produced legendary Boston Celtic Reggie Lewis who scored 2,708 points as a Huskie and lost on a buzzer beater to VCU just missing reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1984. Unfortunately the Baltimore native tragically passed away in 1993 due to heart failure. Other notable basketball alumni are Dallas Maverick Jose Barea, ex Phoenix Sun Matt Janning who currently plays in Israel for Hapoel Jersualem and 2014 Euroleague champion with Maccabi Tel Aviv Shawn James. The basketball team plays in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), which includes ten basketball schools that range from Charleston, South Carolina to Boston. Northeastern won the conference championship in 2015 and qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991. The team is back in 2015-16 fighting for a top seed in the CAA and have set their sights on March Madness yet again. Currently they are led by head coach Bill Coen who has been behind the bench since 2006 and have a record of 9-5 and are one game behind schools Hofstra and Towson. With current senior 198cm forward David Walker who is leading the team in scoring with 18,4ppg and had some massive games against Towson with 32 points and 31 points against Western Michigan might just be the next Huskie to make a professional career in Europe this coming summer. Northeastern has appeared in the NCAA Division I tournament eight times, including 2015.
The planning for the the BASKETBALL AID International Opportunity Tour with Northeastern schedule will commence in the next months. Dates with German pro-teams (1st and 2nd league) will be worked on as well as In addition to the games, visits at a children’s hospital and a university, basketball camps with children and other social activities are already planned. Eurobasket will continue to make updates as new information is available concerning the BASKETBALL AID International Opportunity Tour 2016 welcoming Northeastern University.