Some of the primary reasons Tennessee’s basketball team came to Europe was to work on elements of their game on the court and to build team chemistry. Perhaps the most powerful lesson the of trip came Sunday afternoon when the Vols toured the Terezin Concentration Camp located about an hour outside of Prague, Czech Republic.
“A basketball game was played last night, a basketball game will be played tomorrow,” an emotional head coach Bruce Pearl said following the visit. “I’ll try to teach them to do a better job with their transition defense and to communicate better. But this visit to the Terezin Concentration Camp was probably the most important lesson of our trip. Who knows what lasting effects this will have on my players. It’s my hope that when they’re faced with a difficult decision of what’s right or wrong, even if it’s an unpopular choice, that they will make the best decision. If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that history has a way of repeating itself, and in this case we can’t let that happen again.”
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