The Baylor Bears will get a jump-start on the 2022-23 basketball season when they represent the U.S. in the Globl Jam in Toronto in July.
The tournament will be held July 5-10 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre and will feature under-23 teams from the U.S., Canada, Italy and Brazil.
Most college basketball teams don’t get the chance to play against international competition on a regular basis, so this will give Bears head coach Scott Drew and his staff to start sorting through its roster in advance of next season.
There is also a women’s tournament and Virginia Commonwealth will represent the U.S.
It’s not clear who will join the Bears on the trip just yet. The Bears have up to nine returning players. But, guard Adam Flagler is still going through the NBA Draft process, while Langston Love, Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua and LJ Cryer are all recovering from injuries that forced them to miss some or all of last season.
Flo Thamba, Dale Bonner, Zach Loveday, Jordan Turner and Austin Sacks are also returning from last season’s team, which was eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Bears’ three transfers might also be eligible to play. That includes West Virginia forward Jalen Bridges, BYU forward Caleb Lohner and Kilgore (Texas) College All-American Dantwan Grimes.
The Bears have two incoming freshmen — McDonalds All-American Keyonte George and Nigeria native Joshua Ojianwuna — might also be eligible to play.
2022 GLOBL JAM MEN’S SCHEDULE (all times Central)
July 5 at 1 p.m. – USA vs. Italy (MBB)
July 5 at 8 p.m. – Brazil vs. Canada (MBB)
July 6 at 1 p.m. – Italy vs. Brazil (MBB)
July 6 at 8 p.m. – Canada vs. USA (MBB)
July 7 at 1 p.m. – USA vs. Brazil (MBB)
July 7 at 8 p.m. – Canada vs. Italy (MBB)
July 9 at 1 p.m. – Men’s semi-final
July 9 at 8 p.m. – Men’s semi-final
July 10 at 6 p.m. – Men’s Gold Medal Game
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