Gatens, Cartwright to play abroad this summer

BY SETH ROBERTS | MAY 11, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa men's basketball players Bryce Cartwright and Matt Gatens will represent the United States on an East Coast All-Star team this summer. The team is made up of players from several Division-I conferences; it will compete in the Four Nations Cup in Tallinn, Estonia.

The seniors-to-be will train in Pennsylvania on July 31 and Aug. 1 before traveling to Europe on Aug. 2. The team will face Georgia (Aug. 5), Estonia (Aug. 6), and Sweden (Aug. 7) in the cup before returning to the United States on Aug. 8.

The team will be led by Lycoming College head coach Guy Rancourt.

Cartwright, who will travel outside the country for the first time, averaged 10.9 points per game and led the Big Ten in assists during conference play. Gatens averaged 12.6 points per game and traveled to Greece with the Hawkeyes for the team's traditional summer-exhibition trip that occurs every four years. The Iowa City native said playing in the Four Nations Cup will be an excellent way to reintroduce himself to an international basketball audience.

"My goal has always been to play in the NBA, but if that doesn't work out, there are other opportunities overseas," Gatens said in a release. "This will be good for me, in case I go down that road, to get exposure and meet new people."

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