Milan, Italy – Vanderbilt’s men’s basketball program changed cities for the third time in four days on Friday, but that didn’t stop the Commodores from picking up another victory as their European tour draws to a close.
After starting the trek in Nice, France, then spending three days in Mestre, Italy, Vandy moved in the morning to Milan. With the bus journey taking three hours to get to the team hotel, there was plenty of time to unpack and grab a pre-game meal before departing for the Dores’ third game of the week.
But that didn’t stop Emmanuel Ansong from taking the opportunity to get to know his new teammates.
After announcing his transfer from Wisconsin-Green Bay late last week, Ansong arrived at the team hotel in Atlanta on Friday evening just in time to join the travel party for the overseas trip.
“This trip has been really exciting, I didn’t really know I was coming,” he said. “Coach (Andy) Fox and Coach (Michael) Curry worked really hard to get me on this trip. They weren’t sure I was going to make the trip either, but it worked. My teammates and coaches have all been really nice to me since I’ve been here, so it’s been a great experience.
That experience has included time to join new teammates and coaches on walking tours of Nice, Monaco and Venice over the past five days. He will have the opportunity to learn more about the group with visits planned to Milan and Lake Como before the team returns to the United States on Monday.
“I was able to hang out with the guys at night and walk around with them in the cities we visited,” Ansong said. “I really try to bond with them whenever I get the chance.”
Ansong wasted no time making an impact on the floor, averaging just over 10 points and five rebounds in Vandy’s three games on the trip. That included finishing with 12 points – on 6 of 8 shooting from the floor – and three boards in 14 minutes as the Commodores beat the Italy All-Stars 87-64 on Friday at Palazzetto dello Sport in Lecco, Italy, after one hour bus ride. of the hotel.
Jordan Wright and Ezra Manjon scored 16 and 13 points respectively in the Dores’ latest victory. Colin Smith was credited with 11 rebounds, while Liam Robbins and Lee Dort recorded seven each.
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