BERKELEY, Calif. – California sophomore forward Roger Moute a Bidias will represent the Golden Bears in the Pac-12’s four-game all-star tour of China in August as part of the league’s Globalization Initiative, the conference announced on Friday.
Moute a Bidias is one of 13 men’s basketball student-athletes selected to represent the Pac-12 in its all-star tour of China beginning Aug. 10.
Coached by Utah’s Larry Krystowiak, the Pac-12’s All-Star team also includes Washington’s Andrew Andrews, Arizona State’s Bo Barnes, Oregon State’s Malcolm Duvivier, Arizona’s Jacob Hazzard, USC’s Nikola Jovanovic, Washington State’s DaVonté Lacy, Oregon State’s Cheikh N'diaye, Stanford’s Schuyler Rimmer, Colorado’s Xavier Johnson, Utah’s Jordan Loveridge, Brandon Taylor and Jeremy Olsen.
“I am thrilled for Roger to have the opportunity to represent the Cal Family on the Pac-12’s all-star tour of China,” California head men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin said. “It will be great to see him compete against some of the top basketball programs in China and face former Bear Max Zhang. Roger will have a great educational experience.”
The aim of the initiative is to help support Pac-12 member universities’ international outreach efforts, build their brands in an important market, and provide quality educational and cultural exchange experiences for student-athletes.
The Pac-12 all-star team will open competition against a Chinese all-star team in Shanghai on Aug. 13. The group will then face Chinese Basketball Association’s Shanghai Sharks (in Shanghai), Jiangsu Dragons (in Nantong) and Guangdong Southern Tigers (in Shenzhen).
The contest against the Shanghai Sharks will match two Golden Bears against each other when Moute a Bidias faces Sharks’ center Max Zhang, who was a standout at Cal from 2008-10.
In addition to the competition in China, the team will participate in various youth clinics, as well as take in the culture and history of China with visits to various landmarks and historical sites in the cities of Shanghai, Nantong and Shenzhen.
The Pac-12 is continuing its partnership with Federation of University of Sports (FUSC), China’s equivalent of NCAA in organizing the 3rd China-U.S. University Sports Week, an annual collaborative event between the Pac-12 and the FUSC that will feature a friendly game between the Pac-12 All-star Team and a Chinese University All-star Team and coaching clinics. In addition, the United States Consulate in Shanghai has agreed to support the tour and will have senior members of the Consulate participate a welcome reception for the Pac-12 delegation, a tour press conference and various activities of the tour in Shanghai and Nantong.
To support the Pac-12 Conference’s on-going effort to build awareness of its’ member universities and the Conference in China, the Pac-12 is working with its Chinese partners to organize an academic symposium in conjunction with the Pac-12 men’s basketball all-star tour. The symposium will include a high-profile U.S.-China university leaders’ forum and business meetings between the Pac-12 university delegates and senior dignitaries from the Chinese government and universities. Six of the Conference's member institutions will send a senior member to join this symposium.
Over the past two summers as part of the Conference’s Globalization Initiative, the league has sent an all-star women’s volleyball team, men’s basketball teams from Arizona State and UCLA and women’s basketball team from California to China.
Tentative Tour Itinerary
Aug. 7-9 Pre-tour practice at San Francisco site to be determined
Aug. 10 Depart for Shanghai, China
Aug. 11 Arrive Shanghai, China
Aug. 13 Game 1 vs. Chinese University All-Stars (Shanghai)
Aug. 14 Game 2 vs. Jiangsu Dragons or Shanghai Sharks (Nantong)
Aug. 15 Pac-12 Academic Symposium
Aug. 16 Game 3 vs. Shanghai Sharks (Shanghai)
Aug. 17 Youth clinic at the Yi Jianlian Basketball Camp
Aug. 18 Game 4 vs. Guangdong Southern Tigers (Shenzhen)
Aug. 19 or 20 Depart for United States