Greyhounds Latham, Williams to participate in European hoops tour

July 30, 2012 | WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland assistant coach Greg Manning will coach an 11-player team of top NCAA men’s basketball players who will compete against international teams in Belgium and Germany while traveling through the countries.

A pair of current Greyhounds will join Manning on the tour: junior forward Jordan Latham and sophomore guard R.J. Williams.

Manning, who is entering his fifth year as an assistant coach at Loyola, will lead the team in August on a nine-day itinerary organized by Global Sports Academy, with stops in Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands. His squad will play six games against Belgain and German teams.

Manning graduated from Loyola in 2008 after a four-year playing career for the Greyhounds. His assistant coach on the trip will be Dan Ficke, a 2009 graduate of Loyola who played with Manning. Ficke, who also earned his MBA from Loyola in 2010, is entering his third year on the staff at Wake Forest as Special Assistant to the Head Coach/Director of Scouting andRecruiting.

Williams and Latham helped the Greyhounds to a school Division I record 24-9 record last season and the program’s second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history after capturing the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship.

Latham saw action in 26 games, making starts at Wake Forest and Kentucky, during his first season at Loyola after playing his freshman season at Xavier in 2010-2011. He had one of his best performances of the season on the biggest of stages. In the MAAC Championship Game against Fairfield, Latham scored five points and had five rebounds in 17 minutes of action. He was credited with two blocked shots against the Stags and altered more to help Loyola hold them to a Championship Game record low 44 points.

Williams started each of the last 29 games of the season and appeared in all 33 as Loyola’s point guard during his freshman season. He averaged 4.0 points and led the team with 85 assists during the run to the NCAA Tournament, and he was third in the conference during league play with a 1.7:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. During the season he committed just 56 turnovers as the team’s primary ball-handler. His season-high in assists came on January 29 when he dished out seven in a win at Niagara.

Players from Brown, Maryland, Mount St. Mary’s, North Carolina-Greensboro, Penn State, Portland, Providence and Wake Forest will join the Loyola duo on the team.

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