Tuesday, July 3, 2012-Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.
John Peterson - head coach for men's basketball at Ohlone College in Fremont - will be the head coach of a team of U.S.A. All Stars in the "Men's National B Team" Invitational Tournament in China from June 28 - July 10, 2012. Host teams in the event are China, Lithuania, and Germany along with the USA team. Peterson's assistant, Justin Carter, will be assisting with the team as well.
Three games will be held in each of three designated cities in China - Liuzhou, Taiyuan and Guangzhou. The U.S.A. team will play Germany, Lithuania, and China in each city and have one day of travel between cities for a total of nine games.
The Invitational Tournament is an event with an Olympic-style format including "opening ceremonies," a parade of teams, and national anthems for all the countries. Typical attendance is somewhere between 8,000-10,000 people every night.
The National B Team format is not one the U.S.A. typically uses because we have NBA players on our Olympic Team. However, a lot of other countries do use this system. The B Team is made up of players who were recently cut from the London Olympics squad or are future National Team members for the 2014 World Championships or 2016 Brazil Olympics. Players representing the U.S.A. include three recent college graduates who just finished playing NCAA Division 1, and the rest are either playing professionally in European leagues or in the NBA Development League. Their motivation is obviously to represent the United States as well as to try and secure a professional contract either in the U.S.A. or abroad.
All game results will be posted after each contest at www.netscoutsbasketball.com/blog.
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