HUNTINGTON - JP Kambola has turned into quite the world traveler, having scaled the Great Wall of China and scored a double-double in the world's most populous country.
In two weeks, he will introduce his Marshall teammates to the Great (Sort of) White North, his homeland of Canada.
All the while, he is trying to increase - maybe multiply - his 51 minutes he played in his first two seasons in a kelly green uniform.
The 6-foot-9, 240-pound junior may or may not do that on coach Tom Herrion's radically revamped Thundering Herd, but Herrion has noticed the effort.
"He's got a great opportunity," Herrion said. "To his credit, you know his body's changed tremendously, he's in phenomenal shape. I think he gained good experience and confidence off the trip to China earlier this summer, where he played a lot over there.
"Now he's got more opportunity to get game experience, and that's the one thing he's lacked. We've got confidence in him; now it's going to be his third year in the program, so he's got an opportunity at a position we need some guys to step up at."
Kambola played in an eight-game, 18-day tour of China sponsored by the Kentucky-based Reach USA sports ministry. In one game, he had 10 points and 14 rebounds.
But his biggest effort may have been climbing a flight of steps at the Great Wall.
"We didn't get too far, but it felt like it was a long way," he said. "Different altitudes and all that."