The Washington Huskies men's basketball team will take a preseason tour of Greece in August, coach Lorenzo Romar revealed tonight.
The team will play about a half dozen games and will get 10 additional practices.
NCAA teams are allowed such tours once every four years. Washington last took advantage of the rule in 1997, when the team played in France and Germany. That Bob Bender-coached team eventually advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the 1998 NCAA tournament.
Romar said he timed this trip to be especially beneficial in the development of his returning players, who will mostly be starting their sophomore and junior seasons. Incoming freshmen will not be able to participate in the tour.
Oregon took a similar trip to the Bahamas before this season, and coach Ernie Kent has regularly credited that for improving team chemistry and contributing to the Ducks' fast start.
Romar confirmed the trip on his coach's show on KJR radio. He is expected to provide more details to the local media Tuesday.
The coach also revealed that 7-foot center Joe Wolfinger will undergo surgery to repair the stress fracture in his foot. Wolfinger has sat out this season in hopes that rest and rehabilitation would solve the problem.
Romar said he is optimistic, but not certain, that Wolfinger will be ready to play next season.