May 16, 2011
WACO, Texas - Three members of the Baylor men's basketball team will embark on a two-week competitive tour (May 19-June 2) of Macedonia and Kosovo with Athletes In Action. Sophomore guard A.J. Walton and redshirt sophomore forward Cory Jefferson are two of the 10 NCAA Division I student-athletes selected for the trip and will be coached by Baylor Director of Operations Tim Maloney.
The AIA team is one of eight Athletes In Action international-touring men's and women's basketball teams this summer. This will be AIA's third tour of Macedonia with the first coming in 1995 - that team was coached by Homer and Scott Drew.
The Macedonia/Kosovo tour marks the second consecutive summer that Walton and Jefferson will travel overseas with Athletes In Action. Last year, Walton and Jefferson traveled to Katowise, Poland, for a one-work competitive tour that featured four games. In 2009, junior Quincy Acy also competed with Athletes In Action in Poland.
Maloney, who just completed his second year on Scott Drew's staff, will serve his second head coaching stint with AIA. In 2007, he served as head coach for AIA's team that toured Germany; that team went undefeated in five games and featured Baylor All-American point guard Tweety Carter. As a student-athlete in 1984, Maloney also played for AIA against professional teams in South America.
Walton and Jefferson will be joined by Austin Dufault (Colorado), Scottie Wilbekin (Florida), Langston Hall (Mercer), Jordan Juenemann (Kansas), Will Spradling (Kansas State), William Mosley (Northwestern State), Jeff Withey (Kansas) and Jake Kitchell (Indiana State).
Walton appeared in 30 of Baylor's 31 games in 2010-11, making 30 starts. The Little Rock, Ark., native averaged 7.9 points, 4.7 assists and a Big 12-best 2.3 steals in 33.0 minutes-per-contest. Jefferson did not play in 2010-11, taking a redshirt. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.
The team will depart May 19 and begin a four-day training camp in Strumica, Macedonia. The 10-play squad will play a round-robin tournament May 25-30 against the U20 Macedonia national team, U20 Holland national team and selected pro teams from Poland and Bulgaria. The AIA squad will conclude its competitive tour May 31 against the Kosovo national team in Kosovo's capital, Pristina.
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 www.AthletesInAction.org.
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