Hensley is gearing up for a basketball trip to Spain

David Cohen

Director / Strategic Brand Engagement

CINCINNATI — University of Cincinnati forward Hensley hock flies into the friendly skies the first week of August for an exciting basketball and culture opportunity with USA East Coast, a team of top collegiate talent nationwide.

The trip runs from August 1-9, with the first two days in New York followed by the August 5-7 matches in Barcelona. It also pays tribute to the 30th anniversary of the men’s Olympic basketball Dream Team which is immortalized there. The team will follow in their footsteps with activities, time with some of the participants and a trio of friendly competitions against some of the best players in Spain’s Liga ACB.

“Coach Miller and I had a year-end meeting like he does with every player,” Hensley said. “He told me about an opportunity to play in Spain, and I was really interested. I knew immediately that it would be a good opportunity to play against grown men and meet new people to connect with. I was really excited. Kudos to him for that.”

Hensley’s other international trip was to the Bahamas, and he says he knows “a little” Spanish.

“My parents were happy for me,” he said. “I think they were just thrilled with the opportunity I got. They had never been to Europe or anything, so my mum made sure to tell me to take lots of pictures of this what I see and what I eat. My dad knows it’s also a great opportunity to play against great players.”

Hensley’s teammates are coast to coast, ranging from Cal State Northridge to Duke and Providence. Utah Jazz assistant Alex Jensen is the team’s head coach.

Hensley appeared in all 33 games for Cincinnati last year, averaging 7.6 minutes per game. He’s played 57 minutes over the past four games, his best of any stretch of the year, and says he’s looking forward to building on that momentum in his second year at UC and the third of his college career. .

“It’s weird to think you’ll be wearing this United States on your chest, but I’m excited,” Hensley said. “I think for me it’s about continuing to build that confidence from the start of the year and building on that.”

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