“The trip was incredible, and an amazing experience,” Llewellyn said.
The two Statesmen had the opportunity to visit the Milan Cathedral, take a gondola ride in Venice, and see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In Rome, they experienced St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, the Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps.
As for the basketball portion of the trip, Bruce and Llewellyn’s team played five games. The team ended with a 3-2 overall record after squaring off against some tough European teams, and the two games they lost were by a combined total of five points.
Both agree that their playing experience in Italy, and the competition they were exposed to, will help them in the upcoming season at Hobart. “Personally, I feel that Tim and I have a better understanding of one another on the court,” Bruce said, “which will make our play on the court even better than it was in the past.”
Through two seasons with the Statesmen, both Llewellyn and Bruce have made their mark on the program. Last year, Llewellyn shattered school records for steals in a season (77) and steals in a game (11), while averaging 10.2 points per game. Bruce has played in 49 of 50 possible career games. Last winter, he averaged 8.5 points and 2.9 boards per game.
Hobart basketball opens its 100th varsity season on Nov. 16, when the Statesmen host Ithaca at 7 p.m.