Morgan State University’s men’s basketball team will start their upcoming season earlier than usual as they travel to Nassau, Bahamas for a series of exhibition games against international talent.

According to MSU Sports Information Director Leonard Haynes, the Bears will spend six days in the Bahamas, from Aug. 13 through Aug. 18. The team will compete against the Cybots, the Bahamas All-Stars and the Real Deal Shockers, with all games played at Sir Kendall Issac Gym in front of an expected crowd of 3,500 people.

Haynes said this is the fifth foreign trip Morgan State’s basketball team has taken since 1974; the Bears visited Brazil in 1974, Columbia in 1975 and traveled to Canada in 2010 and Cancun in 2011.

“I’m excited about the tour,” said Bears head coach Todd Bozeman. “We took a foreign tour in 2010. We went to Windsor, Canada for six days and it was a great experience. The tour provides returning players that might not have played a lot, an opportunity to gain some valuable experience against international competition.”

Bozeman said the tour will also offer more days for the team to practice together.

“The tour allows you 10 days to practice, which is invaluable,” he said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to get started early and exposes the young people to another country and culture. I really look forward to it!”