April 13, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball player Preston Medlin is one of 10 NCAA Division I student-athletes who will participate in a week long tour with Athletes in Action in late May and early June against teams from Poland it was announced Tuesday.
Medlin just completed his freshman season at Utah State as he appeared in 22 games and averaged 3.7 points, while shooting 40.9 percent from the field (27-66), 37.5 percent from three-point range (15-40) and 92.9 percent at the free throw line (13-14).
"I'm really excited about going to Poland, and I hear that everyone who has traveled over there with this organization has had a great experience," Medlin said. "I will be playing with some good collegiate players and against some really good competition, and hopefully it will help improve my game."
Medlin, a native of Carrollton, Texas (Hebron HS) scored a season-high 17 points this year for USU against Southern Utah, as he was 5-of-8 from the field and 5-of-6 from three-point range. Medlin also scored nine points twice and eight points in two separate games during the season.
"This will be a very positive experience for Preston and a chance to improve as a basketball player, while at the same time see a different part of the world," said USU head coach Stew Morrill. "We are delighted that he can participate in this overseas opportunity."
The team will depart the United States on Saturday, May 29 and arrive in Katowice, Poland on Sunday, May 30. The 10-player team will begin training camp on Monday, May 31 and play its first of three scheduled games on Thursday, June 3. The team will return home on Monday, June 7. Two of its games will be against the U23 Polish national team and the third will be against a professional team from the region on Silesia.
Along with playing three games, the Athletes in Action members will also assist in several kids clinics and a national coaching clinic sponsored by the Polish Basketball Federation and Fiba.
Other members of Medlin's Athletes in Action team include Cory Jefferson (Baylor), AJ Walton (Baylor), Garrett Stutz (Wichita State), Toure Murry (Wichita State), Joe Bertrand (Illinois), RJ Mahurin (Indiana State), Aleksandar Marcius (Purdue), Kyle Weems (Missouri State) and Levi Knutson (Colorado). The head coach will be Kent Williams who is an assistant with Missouri State.
Athletes in Action, a Christian sports organization, is active in 75 countries, on nearly 125 U.S. college campuses and with 35 U.S. professional sports teams. To learn more about Athletes in Action, visit their web site at www.AthletesInAction.org.
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