Next month, Frank Martin and the South Carolina men’s basketball team will depart on a six-day tour in Costa Rica.
From August 6-12, the Gamecocks will play two games versus the Costa Rica national team, in addition to a combined practice day with the team. The trip will also include two clinics, one of which is for the Special Olympics.
“I’m so thankful for Coach (Ray) Tanner, Dr. (Harris) Pastides and our Board of Trustees members that have allowed us the opportunity to take our team abroad this summer,” Martin said in a release on Monday morning.
“It is going to be a great opportunity to have practices with our returning players and our new players to better prepare the basketball part for the beginning of next season, but also a team bonding life experience that is part of the college preparation for players to see how the rest of the world works. This trip will be an educational, social and basketball learning moment for all of us.”
NCAA rules permit South Carolina to hold 10 days of practices before the trip commences. The action in Costa Rica kicks off on Aug. 6 in San Jose. The Gamecocks will wrap up the trip after two days in Playa Conchal.
Coming off a 25-win campaign, South Carolina is led by SEC Six Man of the Year Duane Notice and SEC All-Defensive team selection Sindarius Thornwell.