U of I men's basketball team to play in China

Posted at 7:01 PM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-01 21:01:51-04

The Vandal’s Men’s Basketball team will be playing overseas this summer in the Atlas Challenge in China.

The school's boosters club put up around 75% towards the trip, and the remainder was made by team fundraising. 

The decision to head to play overseas was made at the end of the Big Sky Tournament. 

Head Coach Don Verlin says there is no better way for his team to grow together than with a trip to China.

“Most of it came from the boosters and a little came from the school itself.  We went out and fundraised as much as we possibly could.  It really gives our guys a true sense is there is really good quality basketball throughout the world, and we're going to play some really good teams,” Head Coach Don Verlin explained.