Aug. 5, 2002
DALLAS - Oklahoma point guard Quannas White and the rest of the Big 12 Men's Basketball All-Star team concluded preparation for its 2002 European tour Sunday with two practices at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
"This is a good situation from the standpoint of having 12 guys that are really starting to get together," Baylor mentor and All-Stars head coach Dave Bliss said following the final practice. "Obviously the opposition always has the advantage because they've played together much longer than we have."
The Big 12 All-Stars, consisting of one player from each conference school, ended their final practice with a scrimmage at the Dallas Mavericks' practice facility.
Texas A&M's Nick Anderson had 13 points in the 30-minute scrimmage to lead all scorers. Lawrence Roberts of Baylor tallied game highs in rebounds with eight and assists with five. Iowa State's Jake Sullivan scored 10 points behind 2-for-4 3-point shooting and added four assists. Pervis Pasco of Kansas State added six points and seven rebounds. All 12 players scored in the scrimmage.
"We're excited about going over," Bliss said. "We first of all look forward to a real entertaining and educational trip, but we also look forward to some good competitive basketball."
Said OU's White, "I think that we've got a good group of guys. I think we've got a really good team. We're just trying to do something that hasn't really been accomplished -- go undefeated. That's our main goal right now. We've got a lot of guys, we've got good point guards, we've got good shooters and great post men. So I think we can do it. I think we can beat every team over there. I think it will be a great experience because I've never been overseas."
"Quannas White is the leader supreme and anybody coming out of Kelvin Sampson's program is going to do a good job of leading the team and making sure that good opportunities are there," commented Bliss. "He plays well at both ends of the floor, his strength is really a factor in the 24-second game."
The All-Stars depart Monday for an 11-day tour of Scandinavia, in which the team will play six games in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
In addition to White, team members include Nick Anderson (Texas A&M), Travon Bryant (Missouri), Will Chavis (Texas Tech), Jason Klotz (Texas), Ivan McFarlin (Oklahoma State), Jake Muhleisen (Nebraska), Bryant Nash (Kansas), Pervis Pasco (Kansas State), Lawrence Roberts (Baylor), Jake Sullivan (Iowa State) and Blair Wilson (Colorado).
This is the sixth annual Big 12 All-Star team, and the third men's squad. Former Texas Tech head coach James Dickey guided the first men's Big 12 All-Stars to a 4-2 record in August 1998 while touring London, Paris, Belgium, and Germany. In 2000, Colorado head coach Ricardo Patton guided the second men's all-star squad to a 5-1 record in Austria and Germany. Women's Big 12 All-Star teams toured in 1999 and 2001.