Southern's Banks, Sam to take part in Euro Goodwill Tour

Published: Jul. 29, 2015 at 1:39 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2015 at 1:40 PM CDT
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Junior Trelun Banks and redshirt sophomore Jared Sam will compete in a three country goodwill tour sponsored by Global Sports Academy starting Aug. 6.
The nine day showcase features five scheduled games which begin with the tour opener Aug. 8 in Brussels. The teams will play games in Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp before traveling to Amsterdam to play in the tour finale.

After the finale, the team, comprised of players from several NCAA Division 1 institutions, will spend its final day sightseeing in London before returning home Aug. 14.

During 2014-15 season, Bank and Sam, who starred as teammates for Class 5A state champions Scotlandville High in 2013, helped lead Southern to the SWAC Tournament final.

Banks averaged 10.3 points per game last season and finished as the team's third leading scorer after being named the league's freshman of the year in 2014. Sam posted 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in his first full season on the court after redshirting in 2014.

Banks and Sam are joined on the 2015 team with Plaisance Scott (UL Lafayette), Sidy Djite (Clemson), Locke Kayel (UNC Greensboro), Chris Cokley (UAB), Sterling Brown (SMU), Benjamin Moore (SMU), Brian Steele (South Carolina) and Joel Scudder (Mount St. Joseph).

Global Sports Academy ("GSA") has been participating in domestic and international competition since 1991. It was initially established to provide athletes overseas playing opportunities in Ice Hockey and it has grown to support a total of 12 different sports that compete in 25 different countries.

In 1991, the organization was incorporated with its mission to create and arrange athletic competition between equally matched teams at all levels internationally. To "Promote International Goodwill" and a better understanding between nations through sports is the major goal.