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Tribe Headed To Dominican Republic In August

Jul 2, 2013, 4:50 PM EST

W&M's Marcus Thornton
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary men’s basketball team is going international this summer in preparation for the 2013-14 season. For the first time, the program will make an eight-day trip to the Dominican Republic in August, organized through Moose Tours. The trip will include four exhibition contests against all-star and national teams from the Dominican.
The trip, slated for Aug. 6-13, is open to Tribe fans and alumni. Land packages are available for anyone interested in staying with the team. Please contact W&M Director of Basketball Operations Kevin Hogan at (757) 221-3404 or via email at kmhogan@wm.edu for more information.
“Having the opportunity to take this team on an international trip to the Dominican Republic is great for our program both this season and in the future,” head coach Tony Shaver said. “A trip like this is a chance for our players to bond both on and off the court, while also giving them an educational opportunity in another country. We return a veteran team, but it is important to combine that with our large and talented four-member incoming freshman class. The extra practice time and games will be invaluable to our program as the season approaches.”
The NCAA allows programs to make one international trip every four years. As part of the excursion, the Tribe will have the opportunity to conduct 10 full practices prior to departure, which is in addition to the two-hour instructional time allowed each week during the offseason. The Tribe will stay at the Grand Bahia Principe beach resort in La Romana, located on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic.

The international trip will give head coach Tony Shaver and his staff the opportunity to assimilate incoming freshmen Daniel Dixon, Omar Prewitt, Mike Schlotman and Jack Whitman into a team with four returning starters and 10 total letterwinners back from last season’s squad.

The Tribe welcomes back its top four scorers from a team that produced the sixth-best point total in school history, including a pair of all-league players in Marcus Thornton and Tim Rusthoven. In all, W&M returns 91.7 percent of its scoring (1892 of 2064), 84.8 percent of its rebounding (847 of 999), 79.9 percent of its assists (342 of 428), 84.3 percent of its 3-pointers made (188 of 223), 79.2 percent of its steals (122 of 154) and 97.8 percent of its blocked shots (89 of 91) from last season. Tribe returnees accounted for 84.4 percent of minutes played (5191 of 6150) in 2012-13, including 80 percent of its starts (120 of 150).

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