- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Surrounded by the familiar thump of basketballs inside McDonough Arena on Tuesday afternoon, Jason Clark couldn’t believe what is coming for Georgetown’s basketball team.

“It still hasn’t hit me yet,” Clark said of Saturday’s departure for the team’s tour of China. “It won’t hit me until I get on the plane.”

Clark has never left the country. His chopsticks skills are “horrible.” But the Hoyas’ leading returning scorer is one of only two seniors on the team with 10 freshmen and sophomores.

The young group will play two games in Beijing and two in Shanghai against Chinese professional and military teams. A basketball clinic and possibly a fifth game or scrimmage accompany a busy sightseeing schedule on the trip that runs through Aug. 27.

“This is going to be a huge cultural change for us,” Clark said.

The NCAA allows teams to go on a foreign tour every four years. That includes 10 extra practices, key for a team with five incoming freshmen.

One of the freshmen, Tyler Adams, is unable to walk without crutches because of an ankle injury but will still travel. So will sophomore Moses Ayegba, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament last week.

“Basketball-wise, a lot of the value of the trip comes before we leave,” coach JohnThompson III said. “We hope to come home in a perfect world not with four losses. But the key is this team coming together and learning about themselves.”

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