Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo to tour China

Jordan Hulls and Victor Oladipo will both travel to China from May 17-31 as part of Reach USA’s trip centered on basketball and a cultural exchange.

Below is the press release from Indiana media relations:

Bloomington, Indiana – Indiana University men’s basketball players Jordan Hulls and Victor Oladipo will join eight other Division I college basketball players on a trip to the Far East with Reach USA from May 17-31.

“I think it is a great honor to represent Indiana University in something like this,” said Hulls, who averaged 11.0 points and 2.9 assists as a sophomore. “I’m really looking forward to the experience.

The group, coached by retired Oldham Co. (Kentucky) High School coach, Gary Forrest will be involved with a cultural exchange trip throughout the area. The team will play a club team from Lithuania, seven times, and an all star squad from Brazil, twice. Daily updates can be found on www.sportsreach.org

Other members of the group include former Hoosier Malik Story (Nevada), Justin Bocot (Southern Illinois), Austin Hollins (Minnesota), Garlon Green (TCU), Marcus Thornton (Georgia), Keith Clanton (Central Florida), Devonte Elliott (Nevada) and Eloy Vargas (Kentucky).

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Oladipo, who averaged 7.4 points and 3.7 rebounds during his freshmen season. “I’m very humbled and honored to have the chance to play basketball and experience a trip like this at the same time.”

3 comments

  1. I wasn’t surprised when I read this IU media release and saw that they had chosen to exclude the fact that this is not a mere “cultural exchange trip,” but in reality is a “sports evangelism” trip through a Christian organization.
    Here is how the organization’s own website describes the trip: “[May]16-29 College Basketball Trip to Far East. We will be taking 16 people to China to play basketball and share our faith. This team will be made up of current college basketball players and we will be playing against pro teams in the country.”
    Of course, official IU would never want to mention the faith of its student-athletes, especially if they are evangelical Christians. The sports media relations department should be ashamed of themselves; Jordy and Vic, have a safe trip.

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