Aug 15

Freshman Egor Koulechov played some international hoops this summer. He said he was looking forward once getting home to settling in back in Tempe. Guy acts like he has been to like six countries this summer….wait…he has!

Yup, count them up…Israel, Russia, United States, Ukraine, China and Estonia. All in the past few months.

It is gameday here…but what day is it, you ask?…good question. Reminder we are 15-hours ahead of you. So the game will be played Friday night at 7:30 p.m. which is 2:30 a.m. back in the land of dry heat. And after the game, we will board a bus and drive about two hours back to an airport hotel as we have an early flight tomorrow. So if you already went to bed (it is getting close to 11 p.m. as we post all this), when you read this good chance you will be confused. Basically, when you wake up Friday, we will have played another game.

By the way, in case you are in southern China and want to join us, the location of tonight’s game on our itinerary says it will be played at ZhaoQing TiYu ZhongXin HeHuaGuan.

It is gameday but it didn’t stop us from taking a tour of what is called Seven Star Crags. To cut to the chase, it is an amazing hillside/lake/cave area that screams this is China outside the city. Below, Jordan Bachynski and Sai Tummala check out the map of where we were headed.

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So after that, we took the obligatory group photo (props to the guys who haven’t yelled at me yet that they might be getting tired of group photos).

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"Hurry! There is an American basketball player. Get the kids and get a picture!" (Sai, as always, was awesome about this). This happens a lot by the way. Everyone is James Harden.

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Another team photo, this time in front of a really tall piece of land (you decide if mountain or hill, but it was big and really awesome to look at).image

Eric Jacobsen was looking for the restroom and stumbled on this place. It didn’t have a restroom, he wasn’t happy, but he smiled anyways.

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Jon Gilling stops to take a shot of another tall piece of land. Look real close and you can see there is some sort of building at the top of this one. Random piece of information on Jon that while we have your attention you might not know…his sister is a sophomore on the Washington basketball team.

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Good part of this tour is we were able to drive around in these carts for a lot of it today.

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Eh…hey…wait a minute. They sell this here at a random refreshment stand? Actually at one of our lunches when the food was preordered and we ate buffet style, the drinks that were offered were Coke products, bottled water and beer. No, no one had a beer, don’t worry. Your squad is behaving very well over here. This was funny to see. Get your Chinese fan, get your Chinese purses, get your Chinese back scratcher, buy some dumplings, use your chop sticks…and hey dude, you want a Pabst Blue Ribbon? Yeah, we got that too.

Part of the tour was a 10-minute boat tour to see the caves in the mountains. Rumor has it a bat attacked Jahii, no video proof yet and it was dark. Here Steve Patteson waves bye as trainer John Anderson and him start paddling away (they really didn’t have to paddle).

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Hey look it Eric Jacobsen again, who is happy he found a restroom and now is smiling in front of a neat wall that says something none of us can read. We are still not sure about his style decisions with the orange hat, but rumor is he got it free.

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Back at the hotel, Jahii meets with some more Chinese media.

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