Spencer said the Mountaineers would be playing at the Naval Air Station Sigonella, known as the "The Hub of the Med."
"Also," Spencer said, "they'll play one of the professional teams in Rome and then a team called Benetton [Treviso] near Venice."
Benetton Treviso, of course, is where Mullens native and current New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni made a name for himself. Andrea Bargnani of the Toronto Raptors played there.
The team is in Lega Basket Serie A, the highest level in Italian professional basketball. Until the 2000s, the Italian league was considered the best in Europe until the rise of the Spanish and Greek leagues. It's still considered one of the top three. Benetton Treviso has won five Serie A titles, eight Italian Cups, two Suporta Cups and four Italian Super Cups.
"Very good," Spencer said of Benetton. "One of the better teams in Italy. It's probably one of the top 10 teams in the world outside of the NBA.
"Bob played them when he was at Cincinnati, oh, 15 years ago."
The organizer said WVU would play "four or five games" on the trip, although plans haven't been finalized.
In addition, the Mountaineers will do some sightseeing.
"It will be a great educational experience," Spencer said.
In addition to visiting the Naval Air Station, West Virginia will take in Castello Ursino, a castle in Catania, Sicily; Duomo Cathedral, a church in Milan; and, in Rome, the Trevi Fountain, Forum and Colosseum.
It will be educational. It will be helpful for a Mountaineer team that could use a little togetherness.
All of which will put a little sizzle in Huggins' summer.
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