STEPHENVILLE – The Tarleton men’s basketball team is traveling to the Bahamas for an NCAA sanctioned tournament in August to get prepared for the 2016-17 season.
The Texans will depart for Nassau, Bahamas on Aug. 15 and stay through Aug. 19 while playing at the Kendal G. L. Issacs Gymnasium. Tarleton will play two evening games against Bahamian professional teams on Tuesday, Aug. 16 and on Thursday, Aug. 18 in addition to practicing and participating in community service activities throughout the trip. The NCAA allows teams to take a foreign trip once every four years. Each game will be open to the public and is free of charge.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Tarleton fans to travel to the Bahamas and watch our players compete against the top players in their country,” said head coach Lonn Reisman. “The team will also visit an orphanage in Nassau and learn the importance of giving back to local communities. We hope to have a large crowd make the trip and experience this international tour as a Tarleton family.”
Tarleton will stay at the Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas. Fans are invited to attend the trip to support the Texans and enjoy the beautiful Atlantis Resort. Fan travel packages include airfare, hotel rooms and ground transportation to and from the Nassau Airport. Travel packages can be booked by calling Shelley at All Seasons Travel at 1-800-552-5484 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tarleton will host a fan reception at the Atlantis Resort on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.
The Texans are coming off their second straight South Central Regional championship and have gone 55-12 the last two seasons. Tarleton returns six lettermen from last year’s Elite Eight qualifying team and six redshirt freshman in addition to the 2016-17 recruiting class. Among the returning players are Romond Jenkins, the South Central Regional tournament MVP (7.2 points, 7.7 rebounds), Deshawn Riddick (5.9 points, 2.3 assists), Chantz Chambers (5.8 points), and Nosa Ebomwonyi (3.0 points).