Marshall Basketball Overseas

By: Jim Treacy Email
By: Jim Treacy Email

A couple of Marshall basketball players are doing a lot of traveling this summer.

Hoops are taking Jean François Bro-Grebe and Tyler Wilkerson to some very interesting places during this July and August.

Herd hoopsters Tyler Wilkerson and Jean Francois Bro-Grebe won't be around the Henderson Center much this summer, but their new head coach doesn't mind.

Marshall Head Coach Donnie Jones said, "I think the whole process is a great opportunity in the summertime to be able to go and play with a team overseas."

Wilkerson is on an Athletes in Action team that's heading to Taiwan. Bro-Grebe will be representing his native county of the Ivory Coast all summer.

In July at the All-African games and August in the African Cup which is a qualifier for the Olympics. You could easily see him in Beijing in 2008.

“We have a lot of players that play in the states and in Europe,” Bro-Grebe said, “When we get together and think about what we can get out of it, it's a great feeling."

Bro-Grebe also said It makes him and the national team work harder.

Wilkerson is playing nine games in nine days but it's much more than basketball. Since it's affiliated with Athletes in Action, he'll be helping out with hoops clinics and visiting orphanages in Taiwan. His whole family agreed this was a great opportunity.

"As soon as I told my father he said I should do this, that it was a good thing to do,” Wilkerson said, “The overall experience should be good for me. I try to stay with the Bible."

It doesn't bother these two being so far away from Huntington and their basketball brethren because they believe they come back better players and that should benefit the Herd.

“We’ve always encouraged our guys at Florida and here at Marshall to get involved in that kind of ministry,” Jones said, “It's good to give back and they get a bonus from the basketball side of it where they get to play on a team at a very high level."

It's certainly worth mentioning that Tyler Wilkerson will have some Mountain State Company on the Athletes in Action team.

WVU's Darrus Nichols and Alex Ruoff are on it as well. They're practicing all this week in Xenia, Ohio.

Bro-Grebe's first tournament begins July 11 in Algeria.

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