Bradley helps Netherlands ahead of FIBA ​​World Cup

PEORIA — Rienk Mast and Malevy Leons have been working all summer with their Bradley men’s basketball teammates toward building a 2022-23 season in which they hope they can go the distance in the Missouri Valley Conference.

But this week, the pair of BU big men dusted off their passports and flew 4,300 miles to the Netherlands, an eight-hour flight to accept an invitation to join an international team.

Mast and Leons left Monday for a 12-day stint with the Netherlands national team. They will practice with the Netherlands and play in exhibition games at home against Germany and on the road at Lithuania as they help their countrymen prepare for the FIBA ​​2023 World Cup.

“I practiced with them last summer too, they knew me,” Mast said. “By following me, they saw Malevy was playing pretty well, too, and also invited him.

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