Wisconsin junior Mike Bruesewitz has been selected to the East Coast All-Stars, a 10-man national team that will compete in the Four Nations Cup in Estonia from August 5-7.
Bruesewitz is one of five Big Ten players on the squad, joining Iowa's Matt Gatens and Bryce Cartwright, Purdue's Anthony Johnson and Minnesota's Elliott Eliason. Syracuse's Brandon Triche and Baye Mousa Keita, Pe'Shon Howard of Maryland, Rodney McGruder of Kansas State and Jack Cooley from Notre Dame complete the squad.
"I'm really excited for the trip," Bruesewitz said Monday from JFK International Airport. "I've never been out of the country, so it's going to be a whole new experience and I can't wait to be in that environment. Our team looks pretty good. It's going to be a lot of fun."
The team began with a short two-day training camp at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., before traveling overseas Monday for the international competition. Brueswitz and the East Coast All-Stars are scheduled to play an exhibition game vs. Viimsi Spordikeskuss before beginning the Four Nations Cup.
"We'll practice once in Estonia, then scrimmage the local club team," Bruesewitz added. "We'll have a day off, then play three games in three days. We'll be playing three national teams, so there is no age limit or anything; this is each country's top team.
"I think we're going to be able sightsee around Tallinn a little bit. Matt Gatens and I were doing a little research about Estonia and it looks like there are some neat things to see and cool historical sites."
During the tournament, the team will face Sweden on Aug. 5, Georgia on Aug. 6 and wrap up competition vs. host Estonia on Aug. 7.
Ryan Evans participated in a similar trip last August with a Global Sports Academy team that played five games in Belgium, Italy and England.
"I talked to Ryan a little bit about his trip last year and he said it'll be fun," Bruesewitz said. "He said, 'obviously you're trying to win, but you're also there to enjoy it, meet new people and share new things.'"Roster# NAME HGT CLASS POS. SCHOOL
01 Anthony Johnson 6-3 R-Fr. Guard Purdue
05 Matt Gatens 6-5 Sr. Guard Iowa
12 Baye Mousa Keita 6-10 So. Forward Syracuse
20 Brandon Triche 6-4 Jr. Guard Syracuse
21 Pe'Shon Howard 6-3 So. Guard Maryland
22 Rodney McGruder 6-4 So. Forward Kansas State
24 Bryce Cartwright 6-1 Sr. Guard Iowa
31 Mike Bruesewitz 6-6 Jr. Forward Wisconsin
45 Jack Cooley 6-9 Jr. Center Notre Dame
55 Elliott Eliason 6-11 R-Fr. Center MinnesotaItinerary
July 31st - Training Camp (Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA)
August 1st - Training Camp (Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA)
August 2nd - Arrive in Tallinn, Estonia / Team Practice
August 3rd - Exhibition vs Viimsi Spordikeskuss
August 4th - Team Practice
August 5th - East Coast vs Sweden (10:45AM EST)
August 6th - East Coast vs Georgia (10:45AM EST)
August 7th - East Coast vs Estonia (1:00PM EST)
August 8th - Team returns to US