Ready For Takeoff

Dores practice Saturday morning before flight overseas

ATLANTA – The Vanderbilt men’s basketball team worked out one final time Saturday morning at the Zelnak Center on the campus of Georgia Tech before the program’s departure for Europe.

The Commodores were on the court for two hours, with drills focusing on offensive and defensive sets as well as individual skill development. With three games included on the schedule in the next week, Vandy has been able to hold 10 practices in addition to the usual workouts while student-athletes are attending summer classes.

Which is key for the program as the Dores have added nine individuals to the roster since the end of the 2021-22 season.

“I’m excited about the way everyone is coming together,” said fifth-year senior Quentin Millora-Brown. “When we came in we knew each other, but we’ve been developing relationships over the course of the summer. I think we’re all excited to have an opportunity to play together, but also to go have fun too.”

Millora-Brown’s experience is important for the Commodores not just because he’s a fifth-year senior who has appeared in 87 games at the collegiate level, but due to the fact that this is not his first trip to Europe.

“This is my second time traveling overseas to Europe, my freshman year I was fortunate enough to travel to Spain; we were able to see Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona,” he said. “I’m excited. It’s about taking everything in and appreciating your time over there because you never know if or when you’re going to be able to go back. We need to appreciate the opportunity to go there and see different ways of life, the way they live is very different from the way we live in the U.S.”

The Dores are set to depart Atlanta at 3:05 p.m. CT and arrive in Nice, France, the following morning. Vandy’s first game on the trip is scheduled to tip off at 11 a.m. CT Monday against Kameet Basketball.

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