July 22, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College senior forward Kadeem Batts (Boston, Ma.) is part of the East Coast All-Stars, which is representing the U.S. in the Four Nations Cup held in Tallinn, Estonia on July 25-27. The East Coast All-Stars held a training camp on the campus of Fordham University on July 20-21. The team will arrive in Estonia on July 22, play an exhibition game against an Estonian Club team on the 23rd, then prepare for Cup play on the 24th. The All Stars will face the top FIBA National Teams of Belarus, Estonia, and the Slovak Republic on the 25th, 26th, and 27th, before returning to the US on the 28th. This is the third consecutive year the team has accepted an offer to compete in the Four Nations Cup.
Joining Batts on the team are Rakeem Christmas (Syracuse), Mike Gbinije (Syracuse), Eron Harris (West Virginia), Phillip Nolan (Connecticut), Tom Knight (Notre Dame), Justin Miller (Lycoming), Michael Rudy (Lycoming), Russ Smith (Louisville), Tate Unruh (Northern Colorado), Jarrod Uthoff (Iowa) and Jabrille Williams (Binghamton).
The team is coached by Guy Rancourt, the head coach at Division III Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa. He has annually brought collegiate teams to international competition each summer since founding the program in 2006.
Batts had a breakout season as he shared the BIG EAST Most Improved Award with Michael Carter-Williams of Syracuse. Batts became just the second Friar all-time to earn the league's Most Improved Award and the first since Herbert Hill received the accolade in 2007. Batts averaged 14.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He recorded five double-doubles this season. He ranked 13th in the league in scoring, sixth in rebounding and 12th in field goal percentage (47.8 percent, 188-393). In 2012, Batts averaged 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
To follow the team throughout the event go to www.GuyRancourt.com or follow on Twitter @East_Coast_BBC and on Facebook EastCoastAllStarsBasketballClub.