Freshman Joshua Spiers talks to LMU Sports Network about his journey the last six months as the Lions head into showdown with Northern Arizona.
LMU men's basketball to host four-game tournament to start Mike Dunlap era at Gersten Pavilion.
LMU men's basketball takes on UC San Diego Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 pm.
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.
Heading into what is winter in Australia, Joshua Spiers was in his small town in Australia focused on playing for a local team, hoping to continue with a future in a sport he loved. Before he knew it, he visited five countries, was playing NCAA Division I basketball and this past week finished his first week of final exams.
The international flavor of LMU's roster includes Australia (Joshua Spiers, David Humphries), Slovakia (Simon Krajcovic), Czech Republic (Petr Herman), Zambia (Patson Siame), Nigeria (Godwin Okonji, Ayodeji Egbeyemi) and Croatia (Marin Mornar). The LMU Sports Network took a look at the vast differences of the Lions' roster through language.
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.
Freshman Joshua Spiers grew-up in an Australian town of under 200,000. He never thought he would leave, going to a local university to get his education. In two month, he has crossed two oceans, found a team he loves to be a part of and traveling to Spain as a member of the men's basketball team.
Non-conference action from Galen Center.
Non-conference action from Wells Fargo Arena on Nov. 20, 2014
Head Coach Mike Dunlap's return to LMU in an exhibition game at Gersten Pavilion.
LMU's ninth day in spain featured a trip to Camp Nou, home of FC Barcelona.
Game three for LMU's 2014 Spain Tour, a 97-75 win over a mixed all-star team from Barcelona, Spain.
BRIEFLY... Joshua Spiers is in his first season of college basketball for LMU in 2014-15... joins the Lions from the Townsville Heat in Queensland, Australia... one of eight international players for the Lions.... From Coach Dunlap: "We have been looking for a pure shooter and we found him. And he happens to be tall," said Dunlap. "We really have been looking for guys who can shoot the ball, and with Spiers we found someone with size who can play on the perimeter. He will really improve our shooting."
BEFORE LMU... Spiers played in the Australian National U20 Championships, helping Queensland to a silver medal. In the championship game, Spiers finished with nine points and three assists while playing 27 minutes. For the tournament, Spiers played six games and averaged 10.3 points, 1.83 assists and 4.7 rebounds per contest... Spiers also played in the U14 Boys' Division I Classics in 2009, the U16 Boys' Division I State Championships in 2010 and 2011, the Townsville U18 Boys' Division I Championships in 2011 and 2012, and the U18 Boys' Division I State Championships in 2012... In addition to playing for the national program, Spiers played with the Townsville Heat and was part of the Cannons Basketball Club, Inc., in Townsville. He was recognized early on in his childhood as a standout athlete, earning the Queensland School Sport Foundation's Future State Great award in 2008 in basketball and golf.
PERSONAL... Joshua Spiers is from Queensland, Australia and was born on June 25, 1996... he is the son of Ronda and Rocky Spiers... he is in the Business program working towards a degree in Accounting... "Like Petr, Joshua has been given an opportunity by his family, specifically his parents, Ronda and Rocky Spiers, to play for top programs," said Dunlap. "He has had the chance to really grow under Coach Kelly's program in Townsville and we are excited to have him with our program."