University of Washington assistant coach Paul Fortier will get his chance to lead a team as a head coach. The longtime Husky assistant will lead a group of players from the United States into East Asia to play a series of games against top professional teams.
"I'm looking forward to this experience of coaching this team and experiencing the culture of East Asia, a part of the world I have not seen," Fortier said in a press release.
One of those players that Fortier will be guiding is Tacoma native and WSU standout shooting guard DaVonte' Lacy. The Curtis grad had a solid freshman season for the Cougs, averaging 8.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, while starting 30 of 37 games for the Cougs.
Also joining Fortier on the trip as an assistant coach is former UW basketball administrative assistant Don Vandenberge.
The trip is a cultural exchange that supports the development of basketball on an international level. Beyond the thrill of competition, the Eagles seek to serve their opponents by offering training that will help them improve their basketball skills and develop a more western playing style.
In addition to basketball training, players for the Eagles will be involved in a leadership development program designed to promote integrity and character both on and off the court.