May 14, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington junior guard Johnny Hill and assistant coach Zak Buncik embarked on journey halfway around the world Wednesday to play some basketball and learn even more about other cultures.
The Maverick contingent is part of USA Eagles, which begins of tour of Asia on Thursday continuing through May 27. The squad features players and coaches from across the country.
"This is a great opportunity for Johnny and Zak to see a different part of the world, and grow in the game of basketball and as people," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "I know it will be an enriching experience for both. I can't wait to hear their stories when they get back to Arlington."
Hill redshirted this past season after transferring to UTA from Illinois State. During his final season at Illinois State in 2012-13, Hill earned on spot on the Missouri Valley most-improved team after averaging 7.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He started 26 games, shot 50.9 percent from the floor, 76.8 percent at the line and ranked ninth in the league with a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio.
"Being around a lot of positive people and interacting with other people is going to be great for," Hill said. "And I think it will help me a lot on the court being in a different environment and playing different people."
Buncik joined the UT Arlington men's basketball staff as an assistant coach in 2009. A native of Fort Worth, Buncik has worked more than 20 basketball camps from 2006-2009, including camps at Texas and Stanford. Buncik has also spent time working at the U.S. Elite camp, the NBA D-League Pre-Draft camp and the prestigious Howie Garfinkel Five-Star camp.
"It will be an honor to get to travel to compete in the sport we love," Buncik said, "as well as being a great learning experience for us, both on and off the floor."
Hill's teammates on the USA Eagles tour are: Jarvis Williams (Murray State), Al Freeman and Jonathon Motley (Baylor), Clarke Rosenberg (Chicago State), Quinton Upshur (Northern Arizona), Bryce Douvier (Texas Corpus Christi), Thomas Wimbush (Florida State), Josh Hawkinson (Washington State) and Elijah Macon (West Virginia).
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