Tribe men's basketball headed to Jamaica for preseason tune-up

The William and Mary men's basketball team will play three exhibition contests in Jamaica Aug. 5-11 in preparation for the 2017-18 season.

The NCAA allows programs to make one international trip every four years. The Tribe last traveled to Dominican Republic in 2013.

"Going on an international trip is a great opportunity for not only this team, but for our program as a whole," William and Mary coach Tony Shaver said in an athletics department news release. "With a lot of new faces, the benefit of having 10 full practices and gaining game experience is immense. We will have the chance to familiarize players with our system, try new rotations and get a number of guys experience playing together.

"On top of the basketball aspect, it is wonderful for team bonding and allows our student-athletes to experience a new culture. Opportunities like this would not be possible without the support of our donors and fans, and we can't thank them enough for the value they add to our program."

The Tribe can conduct10 full practices prior to departure in addition to the two-hour instructional time allowed each week during the offseason.

The team will stay on the northern coast of Jamaica in Mammee Bay, and all three games on the trip will be played in Kingston, which is located an hour south of the resort.

The Tribe will also participate in a community basketball clinic prior to its final game of the trip.

Incoming freshmen Jihar Williams and Luke Loewe, and sophomore Boston College transfer Matt Milon each will be included in the team excursion that will include games against a pair of Jamaican select teams and the Minto 79ers.

Women's basketball

Former William and Mary assistant coach Millette Green has been named head women's basketball coach of Augusta University in Georgia.

Green had been a member of the Tribe staff since 2013-14, leading the Tribe's guards.

Green helped William and Mary to a school-record 20 wins last season along with the program's first Colonial Athletic Association tournament win since 2009.

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