STANFORD, Calif.- Freshman Schuyler Rimmer will serve as Stanford’s representative for the Pac-12’s latest Globalization Initiative, participating on a 13-member team of student-athletes that will depart Sunday to compete on a four-game all-star tour of China.
The Pac-12 squad will hold a closed practice at Maples Pavilion on Friday evening in preparation for the trip.
The aim of the initiative is to help support Pac-12 member universities’ international outreach efforts, build their brands in an important market and provide quality educational and cultural exchange experiences for student-athletes.
The Pac-12 squad will face a Chinese university all-star team and play three games against teams from the Chinese Basketball Association, including the Shanghai Sharks. Eight-time NBA All-Star Yao Ming owns the Sharks. Max Zhang, a former California student-athlete, has been the center for the Sharks since his return to China in 2010.
Rimmer participated in 14 games, all off the bench. He was 3-9 from the field while pulling down nine rebounds and played a season-high 16 minutes against South Dakota State on Dec. 1.
The Pac-12 all-star team will also play the Guangdong Southern Tigers, the 2013-14 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) regular season champion. The Tigers' leading Chinese scorer is Yi Jianlian, who played for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks under head coach Larry Krystkowiak during the 2007-08 season before returning to the CBA in 2012.
The 10-day tour will commence August 10 and will be the first men’s basketball all-star tour for the Pac-12 since the Conference sent both a men’s and women’s all-star team to Japan in 1996.
2014 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball China Tour Roster
Andrew Andrews, Washington, G, 6-2, 195, So., Portland, Ore.
Bo Barnes, Arizona State, G/F, 6-4, 195, Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz.
Malcolm Duvivier, Oregon State, G, 6-2, 205, Fr., Toronto, Canada
Jacob Hazzard, Arizona, G, 6-0, 160, So., Los Angeles, Calif.
Xavier Johnson, Colorado, F, 6-7, 220, So., Los Angeles, Calif.
Nikola Jovanovic, USC, F, 6-10, 215, Fr., Belgrade, Serbia
DaVonté Lacy, Washington State, G, 6-4, 215, Jr., Tacoma, Wash.
Jordan Loveridge, Utah, F, 6-6, 210, So., West Jordan, Utah
Roger Moute a Bidias, California, F, 6-7, 200, Jr., Yaounde, Cameroon
Cheikh N’diaye, Oregon State, C, 7-0, 230, Fr., Dakar, Senegal
Jeremy Olsen, Utah, C, 6-10, 232, Jr., Lawrenceville, Ga.
Schuyler Rimmer, Stanford, C, 6-10, 255, Fr., Orlando, Fla.
Brandon Taylor, Utah, G, 5-10, 165, So., Los Angeles, Calif.
The Pac-12 intended on having all 12 member universities represented on the team. However, the academic schedules of student-athletes from Oregon and UCLA conflicted with the tour dates.
In addition to the competition in China, the team will participate in various youth clinics, as well as take in the culture and history of China with visits to various landmarks and historical sites in the cities of Shanghai, Nantong and Shenzhen.
To support the Pac-12 Conference’s on-going effort to build awareness of its’ member universities and the Conference in China, the Pac-12 is working with its Chinese partners to organize an academic symposium in conjunction with the Pac-12 men’s basketball all-star tour in August. The symposium will include a high-profile U.S.-China university leaders’ forum and business meetings between the Pac-12 university delegates and senior dignitaries from the Chinese government and universities. Six of the Conference's member institutions will send a senior member to join this symposium.
Over the past two summers as part of the Conference’s Globalization Initiative, the league has sent an all-star women’s volleyball team, men’s basketball teams from Arizona State and UCLA and women’s basketball team from California to China.