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Tyrell Thomas, a junior point guard for the Virginia Wesleyan College Men’s Basketball Team, toured Spain and played ball August 8-16 through Global Sports Academy, an organization that arranges domestic and international playing opportunities for athletes. Thomas was a member of a select team of college basketball players spanning Division I, II, and III that traveled Spain playing four basketball games in total. The team spent time in Barcelona, Valencia, and Madrid during their Spanish tour. "It was a great experience and a good opportunity to get a feel for a different culture," Thomas said. "Seeing where basketball can take you was a big take-away for me. I was able to travel to another country because of basketball, and that in itself is pretty amazing to me.” Since 1991, Global Sports Academy has arranged tours for college and youth teams from the United States and beyond promoting international competition and goodwill. Athletes learn valuable lessons as they are exposed to different cultures, languages, and environments, and perform community service while abroad. Thomas and the Marlins return to action Nov. 4 with an exhibition at Old Dominion University (7 p.m.). View photos from Thomas’s travels and the men's full 2016-17 schedule. Article originally posted at