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September 26, 2013

Men’s Basketball team goes overseas

Basketball team has success in Europe while team comes together

By Ronnie Holman

The Cleveland State men’s basketball team recently took a trip to Europe for five international basketball games. Although the games don’t count towards the Viking men’s season, going undefeated in Europe may get our team over the hump and return to national tournament play. The Vikings were led by Sebastian Douglas, Bryn Forbes, Charlie Lee and Anton Grady just to name a few.

Vikings in EuropeAnton Grady, a sophomore forward from Cleveland Central Catholic High School, was injured and off the floor at the end of the Vikings’ 2012-13 season. Grady got the chance to play with his teammates in Europe and take advantage of a lifetime experience for the entire team. He tested his knee and saw his first action since this past season.

“It was a lifetime experience because you always hear about players playing overseas, but to actually get the chance to play over there and see the culture and their lifestyle was great,” Grady said. “I love that I went over there with my teammates so we could grow closer.”

Recently, Grady had an interview with Horizon League sports and told them he is ready for the season and feels healthy.

“My health is really good right now, I’m chopping at the knees that held me out last year and they’re ready to go and show people what they missed out on,” Grady said. “The rehab on my knee in the off-season was tough at first, but I took it as a blessing and it helped me to grow as a young man.”

Vikings in Paris

The Vikings visited The Netherlands, Belgium, and France. The team took a canal boat tour in Amsterdam, getting an up-close view of all their nice architecture. Grady got a chance to ride the tour guide’s bike. He also got the chance to travel like the people there, either walk or ride a bike. Amsterdam had to be one of his favorite places because it allowed the team to bond more.

“Amsterdam gave us more of an American feel as a team because the people made us feel welcome,” Grady said. “Being over there we weren’t able to use our phones so we had to talk to each other and learn more about each other as far as our likes and dislikes on and off the court.”

The 2013-14 schedule has been released and Grady is very excited about the upcoming season.

“I’m excited just to step on the court with my teammates, understanding the importance of our practices and just showing the world what Cleveland State basketball is all about,” Grady said.
The team did get the chance to visit the famous Eiffel Tower and met so many groups of people and kids who wanted to take pictures with them.