From Australia, Iowa, Los Angeles and now Spain, David Humphries celebrated his 23rd birthday with a win in Barcelona.
At just under seven-feet Patson Siame looms large no matter the country.
From two different countries, Spain made them teammates for the first time, now both find themselves back in Spain with the Lions.
Two months ago, Joshua Spiers had left his home country of Australia. Since, it has been a whirlwind, including day five in Spain.
Playing internationally is nothing new for junior Marin Mornar as he and the Lions remain focused on one thing in Spain - basketball.
Like the other seven international players on the LMU men's basketball roster, junior transfer David Humphries journey to the Lions was a lengthy one. After two years in Iowa, Humphries found himself in Los Angeles and now in Spain for his birthday.
Showing its reach across the globe, LMU continued its tour while sending back some well wishes as they spent their final day in Madrid before flying to Barcelona on Sunday morning. The Lions had a full pre game practice, followed by the coaches participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. They then took on the Angola National Team, who is participating in the upcoming FIBA World Championships in Spain.
Playing together for the first time, the Lions overcame two double-digit deficits, different rules within the international game, differences in how officials call games, a gym with no air conditioning, foul trouble and playing 5,000 miles from home to earn a 90-85 victory in overtime.
LMU men's basketball and their summer conditioning program is about strength in numbers, both in the types of training and in building team unity. LMU Sports Network takes in an inside look at the Lions' training this summer.
Day 10 for LMU men's basketball in Barcelona Spain, a 97-52 win for the Lions over mixed Barcelona team.
Game three for LMU's 2014 Spain Tour, a 97-75 win over a mixed all-star team from Barcelona, Spain.
A big in an Itty Bitty Living Space. The Lions make the move to Barcelona.
Day six featured the second game, this one coming against the Angola National Team.
Photos from the Lions full day, including tour of Madrid.
BRIEFLY... David Humphries enters his third season of collegiate basketball in the United States, the first at LMU in 2014-15 after transferring from Northern Iowa Area C.C... One of eight international players on the Lions' roster, he is from Adelaide, Australia... From Coach Dunlap: "David is an older player that has already established a public record of acclaim. He had two very successful seasons for NIACC, gaining valuable experience while leading his team to the postseason. With his acclaim, he was able to play in all-star games, gaining even more experience against top players. He is an important addition to our organization. We are excited to have him."
BEFORE LMU... a two-time All-American at Northern Iowa Area Community College, Humphries, a 6-4, 210-pound native of Adelaide, Australia, made history this past season, becoming NIACC's first men's basketball two-time all-American. He was selected to the NJCAA Division II third-team all-American team after being a first-team selection as a freshman... In his two-year career, Humphries scored 1,190 career points (3rd on school's all-time list) and had 460 rebounds (12th on school's career list), 216 assists (11th on school's all-time list) and 132 3-point goals (5th on school's all-time list). Humphries had two career triple-doubles and 18 career double-doubles... As a sophomore, he averaged 21.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game to lead NIACC, which was 21-12 in 2013-14. He also had 96 assists and 60 steals. In his junior season, he averaged 20.6 points per contest, leading the ICCAC and 7.8 rebounds, second in the league. He finished with 577 points and 217 rebounds, leading team to 19-12 record... This past season, Humphries set his career-highs in points (38) and rebounds (18) while tying his career-best in assists (10).
PERSONAL... David Humphries is a native of Adelaide, Australia... he is a Sociology major.