WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – Senior center Matt Karpowicz (Wellesley, Mass.) has been selected to play on the 10-man Global Sports Academy Select Basketball Team headed to Croatia August 6-14.
The 10-man select team will be coached by Brian Meehan from Bucknell who is coaching his fifth Global Sports Academy select team.
The Global Sports Academy team will not only engage in strong athletic competition, but also experience the culture and sights of Europe. During this nine-day tour, the team will travel to the cities of Split, Trogir, Dubrovnik, and Zadar in Croatia and stop in Sarajevo, the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, along the way. In addition, the team will work with underprivileged children through GSA's Pay It Forward community service program.
This Global Sports Academy team roster includes representatives from NCAA DI, DII and DIII:
- Fairmont State University – NCAA II: Cole Von Handorf, Kenzie Melko
- Williams College – NCAA DIII: Matt Karpowicz
- Hendrix College – NCAA DII: Jacob Link
- Lebanon Valley College – NCAA DIII: Trevor Convey, Justin Baker
- Concord University – NCAA DII: Brandon Kennedy
- University of Kentucky – NCAA DI: Brad Calipari
- Bucknell University – NCAA DI: Walter Ellis, Alexander Rice
"My preparation for this trip has been much like my preparation of any other summer, trying to improve my body as much as possible and be in the best shape I can be," Karpowicz said. "This trip is great because it will not only act as an extra incentive to work my hardest, but will also be a great litmus test for where I'm at heading into the school year and my senior season."
This past winter Matt Karpowicz started 29 of 30 games for the Ephs and averaged 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds a game. He was second the team with 184 rebounds and led the Ephs with 42 blocks. The 353 points he tallied last season has raised his career points total to 750.
Karpowicz has collected 404 career rebounds, blocked 90 shots, and dished out 99 assists in his first three seasons in the Purple Valley.
"I have never even been to Europe (or a different continent for that matter), let alone played there, so I couldn't be more excited to be representing Williams abroad," added Karpowicz. "I'm looking forward to meeting new people and making new relationships, while competing and cherishing another opportunity the game of basketball has given me."