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Auburn hoops to take a trip to Israel this summer

Nathan King
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The Tigers will get some additional rapport with one another overseas this summer.

Bruce Pearl is taking his team to Israel for a preseason foreign tour at the end of July, the program announced Monday afternoon. The NCAA allows an international trip every four years; Auburn last went to Italy in the summer of 2017.

“Every four years, you can take a foreign trip with your team,” Pearl said. “These foreign trips have been one of the greatest teaching moments I have been a part of in 40 years of coaching college basketball. Israel has not been your typical destination for college basketball teams. Yet, Israel, is one of the top 2-3 countries in the world in its quality of competition and support for professional basketball."

Pearl, an outspoken advocate in the Jewish community, is also excited for his team to experience the country's culture and religion.

“Aside from basketball, this is an educational experience for our players," Pearl said. "We are going to take them to where Jesus was born in Bethlehem and visit the City of David in Jerusalem. From a historical and religious standpoint, this is going to be one of the greatest trips in our student-athletes’ lives. I am grateful to Auburn for its continued support of our foreign trips over the years and helping with our ministry.”

Auburn will play three games in 10 days, starting July 31, set to face the Israeli U-20 National Team twice (Aug. 2 and 6) and the Israeli Senior National Team on Aug. 8.


Last season, Auburn won its third SEC championship since 2017, claiming the regular-season conference title outright with a 15-3 record in league play. The Tigers also had a 19-game winning streak and rose to No. 1 in the polls for the first time in program history. They earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and lost to Miami in the Round of 32.

Pearl is looking to reload with a 2022 recruiting class that includes five-star big man Yohan Traore, four-star wing Chance Westry and three-star point guard Tre Donaldson, along with Morehead State transfer Johni Broome, one of the top big men on the transfer market.

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YESSSSIRRRR!!!! This will be a amazing experience for everyone involved!!!

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