April 21, 2010
MONUMENT, Colo. - Baylor men's basketball freshmen A.J. Walton and Cory Jefferson are two of 10 NCAA Division I student-athletes selected for a one-week competitive tour in Katowice, Poland, with Athletes In Action.
The AIA team is one of nine Athletes In Action international-touring men's and women's basketball teams this summer. Last summer, sophomore power forward Quincy Acy played on the 10-day Athletes In Action tour that also played in Poland.
Walton and Jefferson both just completed their freshmen seasons with the Bears, helping guide them to a school-record 28 wins and their first Elite Eight appearance in the modern tournament era. Walton, a point guard from Little Rock, Ark., was one of six Bears to play in all 36 games in 2009-10. He played more minutes (634) than Baylor's other five freshmen combined (420), averaging 3.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and nearly 2.0 assists in 17.6 minutes per contest.
Jefferson played in 21 games as a reserve power forward, averaging 1.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 4.6 minutes per contest. The all-time leading shot blocker in Killeen (Texas) High School history, Jefferson was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll for the Fall 2009 semester.
Walton and Jefferson will be joined by Wichita State's Garrett Stutz and Toure Murry, Utah State's Preston Medlin, Colorado's Levi Knutson, Missouri State's Kyle Weems, Purdue's Aleksandar Marcius, Illinois' Joseph Bertrand and Indiana State's R.J. Mahurin. Missouri State assistant coach Kent Williams will coach the 10-player team.
The team will depart May 29 and begin a four-day training camp in Katowice, Poland, May 31. The 10-player squad will play two games against the U23 Polish national team and two games against other pro teams. The team returns to the United States June 7. The goals of this tour are to provide a rich cross-cultural experience for each team member and for team members to grow in their personal faith.
Athletes In Action, a Christian sports organization, is active in 75 countries, on nearly 125 U.S. college campuses and with 35 U.S. professional sports teams. To learn more about Athletes In Action, visit their website at www.AthletesInAction.org.