Arizona Wildcats basketball: Four Utes to join Hazzard in China

2014-05-23T12:15:00Z 2014-05-23T12:24:02Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: Four Utes to join Hazzard in ChinaBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak will coach the Pac-12 team during its exhibition tour of China, and he's bringing along three of his top players: Forward Jordan Loveridge, center Jeremy Olsen and guard Brandon Taylor.

The Utes will join a group of 10 other players that includes UA's Jacob Hazzard.

Craig Robinson was initially scheduled to head the team but was fired by Oregon State earlier this month.

“It’s an honor to have the chance to represent the University of Utah and the Pac-12 in China this summer,” Krystkowiak said in a Pac-12 statement. “This is a great educational experience for everyone involved and I can’t wait to work with this select group of outstanding student-athletes.”

The Pac-12 had originally planned to have a player from each team but UCLA and Oregon do not have representatives, and Arizona chose Hazzard, a walk-on. However, UA coach Sean Miller has said time commitments made it difficult to send any of his key players.

“In Jacob’s case he has done very well academically,” Miller said earlier this month. “He has aspirations to do a lot of different things in life. He’s somebody who gives us a lot on a daily basis. … It’s a great opportunity for him.”

Other notable players on the Pac-12 team include Colorado's Xavier Johnson, Washington State's DaVonte Lacy and Washington's Andrew Andrews.

The team will leave Aug. 10, play four games and return Aug. 19 or 20.

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