Former Maple Grove High standout athlete and honor student Brycen Wojta (Class of 2013) from Maple Grove has received an invitation to play basketball for the USA D-3 All Star Men’s Basketball Team – Brazil Tour 2014 after his outstanding freshman performance at Bethel University, St. Paul.
Wojta enjoyed a solid first season at Bethel. In 27 games, he averaged 34.6 minutes, 15 points and 3.4 assists per game.
The all-star team is made up of invited NCAA Division III basketball players from throughout the United States. Team members have been recognized as All American, All Region and All Conference.
“Being selected for this team is an opportunity that I am very grateful for and blessed to be able to be a part of,” Wojta said. “I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in without the help of all my teammates and coaches throughout my years. The experience I had this past year with my team at Bethel University was the best I could have asked for. My teammates and coaches were very welcoming to fellow freshman and newcomers like myself. They really taught and showed us how to be successful at this level both on and off the court. They were an example to me on what it was like to be a part of something bigger than yourself. Also, I want to give thanks to God because without Him all of this wouldn’t be possible.”
Wojta is looking forward to the sports and cultural experience.
“The chance to travel to Brazil is an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life,” he said. “ It will be fun to meet and play with some players that are the best in their regions around the United States. From this tour, I will be given the chance to play against some great players from another country and gain a different outlook on the game of basketball. I believe this will help me further develop as a basketball player, and I hope to bring some more basketball wisdom back to Bethel next year.”
The USA D-3 men’s and women’s basketball teams will begin their Brazil Tour 2014 in Orlando, Fla. on July 21. The tour runs from July 21-30. After team orientation and practices in Orlando the team departs for Sao Paulo, Brazil Tuesday, July 22. The teams will play doubleheader games (men and women) on July 23, 24 and 25 in the state of Sao Paulo vs. selected teams from the region. On July 26, the team travels to Rio de Janeiro for a game on July 28. The team will depart Brazil on the evening of July 29 and return to Orlando on July 30.
While in Brazil the teams will experience educational, cultural and social aspects of Brazilian life through city, school and sports club visits. While in Rio the team will be staying on the famous Copacabana Beach and touring the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf.