EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Several members of SIUE's men's basketball program are receiving what many might consider an opportunity of a lifetime. Assistant Coach Deryl Cunningham and guards Kris Davis (Detroit) and Donivine Stewart (Peoria, Ill.) are headed overseas to take part in a goodwill tour of three European countries.
The trio will be part of a group of 21 players that will tour Belgium, England, and Holland. The teams will play five games while sightseeing in the three countries over eight days. The trip is organized by Global Sports Academy.
"This is an unbelievable opportunity for both Kris and Donivine," Cunningham added. "They'll be playing with guys from the Big 10, the Pac 12, and the Missouri Valley."
Because the team needed a shooting guard, Cunningham said Davis, a junior, was a natural choice.
"It's a great opportunity and is going to be a great experience," Davis said. "It's going to be great to play against guys from high-major schools.
"It will be great to see the other countries," Davis added. "I've never been to Europe."
Stewart agreed the opportunity was a good one.
"My first thought was that it was exciting to get this opportunity," he said. "This is a chance to travel overseas and play the game that I love to play."
Both players agreed that playing together will be advantageous for them and for SIUE.
"The fact that Donivine is going will give us a chance to build some chemistry," Davis said.
"This is a chance to get on the same page and build some chemistry in games," Stewart added. "This will help us when we get back to SIUE to hopefully lead our team to a conference championship and to the NCAA tournament."
Davis and Stewart will be sharing their experience with SIUE Cougar fans via an online blog. Fans can keep up with the pair as they travel through Europe via siuecougars.com.