Originally published May 10, 2012 at 01:25a.m., updated May 11, 2012 at 12:25a.m.

Kansas University basketball team to take European vacation

Jayhawks to play two games in Switzerland, two in Paris in August


The timing couldn’t be better for Kansas University’s summer of 2012 international basketball tour.

“Teams are allowed to practice 10 days (prior to trip), and you are allowed to take the new (incoming) players with you. So with at least six freshmen coming in, it’s a perfect time,” said Larry Keating, KU’s special assistant to the athletic director.

He has helped put together an Aug. 6-14 exhibition excursion to Switzerland and Paris that will consist of two games against the Swiss National Team (Aug. 7-8 in Fribourg, Switzerland outside of Bern) and two against a pair of pro teams in Paris (Aug. 11-12). The NCAA allows teams to make trips outside the U.S. once every four years.

KU’s 2012-13 roster includes freshmen Perry Ellis, Landen Lucas, Ben McLemore, Jamari Traylor, Zach Peters and Andrew White. Walk-on Evan Manning also has committed, as has Anrio Adams, who is awaiting a passing score on the ACT.

“I think it’s a great trip from a basketball standpoint as well as a travel standpoint,” said Keating, who is in charge of KU scheduling.

“The Swiss National Team is supposed to be pretty good. I believe they beat Villanova last year. And we made it clear (to trip organizers) we wanted to play good teams in Paris as well.”

As far as sightseeing ...

“Switzerland is beautiful,” Keating said, “and there’s so much to do in Paris. Five days isn’t even enough to do all there is to do in Paris.”

The Jayhawks will arrive in Switzerland on Aug. 6 and after the two games, take a high-speed train to Paris on Aug. 9. They’ll return to the U.S. on Aug. 14.

Keating did not yet have ticket information or the names of what figure to be small venues. He said the games likely would be played in the evenings. Anthony Travel of Dallas has put together a package for fans in the U.S.


Steve Brown 1 year, 11 months ago

Funeral today for a college pal of mine, 57, way too young, he was big time Kansas fan.

If you can swing it, take your partner to Madrid a few days before the games, eat at Cafe Botin at Hemingway's table. Spend a day at the Prada, with an english guide, see the Mona Lisa sister, certianly inspired the ML everybit as beautiful if not more so and no lines, stand and stare for an hour if you wish. More good stuff in the Prada, google it, amazing works of art. While in Espana buy a few Barcelona soccer jerseys the crimson & blue will suit your game attire to a T. Then hop a short flight to Geneva a few days before the games, go stay in VeVey or Montreaux. See the casstle from 1510 on the lake, take the dinner cruise, take the train one day up and back to Gstaad, the Vail/Aspen of the Alps. Even in summer a nice mountain clean train tour and fun town. While in Bern skip the black bear yet go across the bridge to old town, see the Banking square, don't they define safe and security, no glass lobbies and no free blenders with a new account. While in Paris see if you can follow my footsteps: 1. Elevator too long a wait for the E tower, no sweat, I took the stairs. (to first level anyway and it is quite a haul) 2. Moulin Rouge, danced in full regailia down to red socks what we would call the can.can. This was before the Nicole Kidman movie, same place though. 3. Dinner cruise on the Seine, take my advice it is a fun night of sights but do not, under no circumstances toast to life every time you pass under a bridge. 4. go to a sidewalk cafe by the opera house, with a glass of red, fromage (cheese), grapes and a loaf, turn off your ipad, ipod and watch the world pass by. PS: Don't wear sneakers, or shoes that are related to them. call your travel agent, say you are staying over another couple of weeks.

PS this was not meant to be preachy, forgive me had a tough day just wanted to share a few good memories, we've been blessed.....RCJHKU


jaybate 1 year, 11 months ago


To pay due respect to MU, I think we ought to replace them with someone that would be MU's equal, like Rollo School of Mines, or the school where the iron curtain speech was given. :-)


martyks 1 year, 11 months ago

Yes you could hate Kentucky's program more than you do, but you would have to be me. I grew up in Indiana. When Steve Alford was a college player, he had his picture taken for a calendar that benefitted the disabled. The NCAA, in their wisdom, made him sit out a game for that horrible act. It was the Kentucky game. Bobby Knight said it best. "The most ironic thing about this is, here we have a kid who gets great grades, who is a student athlete all the way, who isn't looking to drive a great car or get anything for himself, and he has to sit out a game against the most corrupt program in basketball today." The more things change, the more they stay the same. As a former Hoosier (I'm a dyed in the wool Jayhawk now), I see no reason to play them anyway. Find an actual college team made up of student athletes and forget Kentucky just like KU will forget Missouri.


Steve Gantz 1 year, 11 months ago

The pampered life of a big time college athlete. Sorry to be a stick in the mud but I'm just not too excited about the boys trip to Europe. I'm not jealous if that's what you're thinking, I've seen lots of places too. It's just the massive egos of most high level athletes get fed more by this you're extra special mentality.

Maybe it helps with recruiting, maybe it helps with team unity but those could be offset by a torn ACL by someone too.


Tony Bandle 1 year, 11 months ago

ParisHawk..I guess beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder.

I was able to see the Mona Lisa in Washington DC many years ago. It was in a room all by itself and as you entered the room, you turned a corner and there it was.

It took my breath away. For some reason, I was alone at that time and I just stood in front of it for over half an hour and just let the history of it's existence wash over me.

I left that museum filled with hope....if a human being could create such a work of art, maybe there is still hope for our species.


jaybate 1 year, 11 months ago

Bicycle through Paris.

Get to the rack.

See the Mona Lisa.

Pivot and slam.

Savor cafe society.

Pop the triceratop.

Enjoy the country that helped America get free.

Baseline drive.

Walk and tweet where Corneille, Voltaire, Dumas, Hugo, Flaubert, Proust, Celine, and Camus walked and wrote.

Go get a basket.

Who needs heaven?


Joe Satterwhite 1 year, 11 months ago

“The Swiss National team is supposed to be pretty good. I believe they beat Villanova last year"

It's not like Villanova was a dominant team last year, they didn't even make the tourny.


Robin Smith 1 year, 11 months ago


make it happen people


WisconsinJayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

You know what would be cool?


That would be cool.


baldwinjhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

In Paris, have a have a Nutella crepe, add bananas if you like.. Awesome


Tony Bandle 1 year, 11 months ago

1] In Paris, order bottled water with the cap still fastened on...I'll let you use your imagination as to why.

2] In Paris, do your very best to speak French while constantly apologizing for your horrible treatment of their beautiful language. Most times they will take pity on you and speak English.

3] In Paris, whatever you do, get a loaf of bread...even if it's in the gutter......unbelievable.

4] In Bern, drink as much hot chocolate as you's better than any drug you can name...and it's legal!!

5] In Bern, please do not ask how come there are holes in Swiss Cheese. They have no sense of humor about that.

6] In Bern, casually displaying your Swiss Army Knife has zero cache with maitre-de's and club entry bouncers

Trust me on these!!


William Blake 1 year, 11 months ago

"The Jayhawks will play four exhibition games — two against the Swiss National Team on Aug. 7 and 8 just outside of Bern..."

No game with the Bern Bears?


kujh1970 1 year, 11 months ago

The fringe benefits for playing basketball have really changed. Must be rough!


Robert Brock 1 year, 11 months ago

I want to see photos of the team wearing their Jayhawk-logoed berets.


Martin Rosenblum 1 year, 11 months ago

ParisHawk, this one's for you.... How do you say Rock Chalk Jayhawk in French?


Lindsey Buscher 1 year, 11 months ago

This is awesome...Bern is a really great city, this should be a pretty amazing experience.


wrwlumpy 1 year, 11 months ago

Take Clark Griswold with you.


Mo Golany 1 year, 11 months ago

Pretty sure they went to Canada!


RJ King 1 year, 11 months ago

I like the timing: Play for NC. Go to Europe. Repeat every 4 years.

Where did they go in 2009?

l'haute offense basse; onduler du blé Are all the venues for the games in Switzerland considered "neutral sites?' Probably good that there isn't time to do ALL there is to do in Paris.

Thanks Larry. Nice job!


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