Men's Basketball

SMU Basketball - Tour d' Africa

In 2008, the SMU basketball program embarked on a basketball, cultural, and educational tour of Senegal and South Africa. The journey started with eight days of class and practice. The Mustangs practiced each day and also spent 25 hours in a Peoples of Africa class taught by Dr. Joci-Caldwell Ryan.

Tour d' Africa Highlight Video

On May 25, the team started the 12-day journey to the continent of Africa. The first five days were in Senegal, where they met the families of teammates Bamba Fall, Papa Dia, and Mouhammad Faye. After a travel day to South Africa, the Mustangs spent five full days there.

The Mustangs played three games, performed basketball clinics, visited cultural and historical sites, and took a class in which they journaled each day.

The trip is completely chronicled on-line with photos, blogs, journals, reflections, and videos as well as educational links to the locations visited. Visit and go to the men's basketball page to find the Tour d' Africa link.

May 18-24 - Preparation - Class & Practice
May 25 - Dallas to Dakar, Senegal
May 26 - First Practice
May 27 - Visit Goree Island
May 27 - Game 1 (Senegalese Nat. Team)
May 28 - Trip to St. Louis (Bamba/Papa's Home)
May 29 - Clinic 1: at SEEDS Academy
May 30 - Dakar to Johannesburg, South Africa
May 31 - Clinic 2: Vodacom Mandeville Indoor Centre
May 31 - Tour Pretoria (capital of S. Africa)
June 1 - Game 3: vs. South African National Team
June 2 - Tour Soweto
June 2 - Visit Lesedi Cultural Village
June 3 - Safari at Pilanesburg Nat. Park
June 4 - Game 4: South African Club Team
June 5 - Johannesburg, South Africa to Dallas

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