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GREAT EXPECTATIONS: It’s ‘California or Bust’ for Basketball Team

May 17, 2012

The resurgent men’s basketball team is hitting the road next fall to gain early season experience and exposure, according to coach Ben Miller, and they may need a little help to get there.

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Bags Packed, Need Funds -- From left: K.J. Cooper, George Blakeney and Shahmel Brackett

“We are expecting our most experienced and talented team next season,” Miller said. “The West Coast Trip is a tremendous competitive and educational opportunity for our team. Some of our student-athletes have never been on an airplane. Not only will they get to see another part of the country, but also compete against some high level Division I and Division II teams.”

  • The first part of the trip includes two exhibition games verses. Stanford on Nov. 4 and the University of San Francisco on Nov. 5.
  • The second opportunity is the Disney Tip-off Classic, Nov. 9-11 in Anaheim, Calif., with the most competitive Division II teams in the nation.

“It is an exciting opportunity that will require a significant investment ($50,000),” coach Miller said. “The good news is we’ve already raised nearly $35,000 through ‘guarantee’ games and contributions.”

“We appreciate the former Braves and supporters who have already stepped up to help financially. We are trying to get the word out to any other former players, alums, and friends who may want to help with the additional costs. ” he said. “We would also love to see you at the Basketball Reunion on October 20 for a football game, tailgating, and intra-squad basketball scrimmage. We want to continue to build a program you can be proud of every year!”

For more information, please contact Coach Miller at 910.521.6343 or email benton.miller@uncp.edu. Or, contact Assistant Director of Development Brian Russo at 910.775.4339 or russo@uncp.edu.