Mary Ann Mitchell, Associate Director of Athletics for Communications
ST. LOUIS – University of Missouri-St. Louis senior forward Eric Dust (Taylorville, Ill.) has been selected to compete with the USA D2 Men’s Basketball Team in Brazil. Ron Smith, Director of USA Sports Tours & Events, announced the rosters and coaches for the men’s and women’s teams, which are made up of NCAA Division II basketball players from all regions of the United States.
“We are happy that Eric can be a part of the D2 tour to Brazil,” said UMSL head men’s basketball coach Bob Sundvold. “It should prove to be a quality cultural, educational, and basketball experience, and a great way for him to prepare for his senior season.”
Dust, who transferred to UMSL last year after two seasons at St. Ambrose, led the Tritons in rebounds with 130 during the 2017-18 campaign, an average of 4.8 per game. He also averaged 6.9 points per game and shot 43.1 percent from the field, playing in all 27 games.
“It means a lot to be able to have this kind of experience,” Dust said. “When Coach Sundvold told me I was offered the opportunity, I was really excited. I think being so close to the season, it will be great for me to be able to get four games under my belt in August before preseason begins.
“I’m also looking forward to playing with and against some great competition and doing so while also seeing a part of the world I’ve never been to before. I’ll be around a great group of guys, including some I’ve played against, so it should be a fun trip.”
The USA D-2 Men’s & Women’s Basketball Teams will begin their Brazil Tour 2018 in Orlando, Florida on July 30th. The tour runs from July 30-August 8. After team orientation in Orlando the team departs for Sao Paulo, Brazil. The USA D-2 Basketball Teams will play their first games on August 1st. The USA D-2 Women’s and Men’s team will play in the city of Jundiai versus the U22 Club Team. Both cities are in the state of Sao Paulo. On August 2 the USA D-2 Teams will travel to the city of Osasco and play Osasco’s top club teams. On August 3 the teams will fly to Rio de Janeiro. The teams will have time on Copacabana Beach the teams will tour the world famous Christ the redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain. The women’s team will play on Saturday, August 4 at Mangueira Basquete Clube of Rio and the men’s team will play Botafogo Clube. On Monday, August 6 both teams will play at Fluminense (Rio). The team will depart Brazil on Wednesday morning of August 8th and return to the USA.
While in Brazil the teams will experience educational, cultural and social aspects of Brazilian life through city, school and sports club visits. While in Rio the team will be staying on the famous Copacabana Beach and touring the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain, two of the most recognizable landmarks in the world.
2018 USA D-2 Men’s Basketball Team – Brazil Tour
Johnny Beeninga Minnesota State University-Moorhead
Ted Brown Missouri Southern State University
Eric Dust University of Missouri-St. Louis
Zach Fischer Truman State University
Drew Guebert University of Sioux Falls
Parker Jennings Missouri Southern State University
Cam Martin Missouri Southern State University
Joe Smoldt Upper Iowa University
Ryan Welty Northwest Missouri State University
USA D-2 Men’s Coaches
Head Coach – Jeff Boschee (Head Coach, Missouri Southern State University)