Frizzera plays for Team USA

By Kevin Durso
August 29, 2012

Corey Frizzera traveled to Italy, Austria and Slovenia with the USAAI basketball team made up of 10 college basketball players. (Corey Frizzera / Submitted Photo)

Before NBA superstars Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant led team USA to a gold medal in the London Olympics, one of Cabrini’s own was represent the country overseas.

Corey Frizzera, a junior communication major and member of the men’s basketball team, traveled to Austria and Italy as part of a program sponsored by USA Athletes International. Frizzera was one of 10 players, from a combination of Division I, II and III schools, to make the team.

“It was by invitation,” Frizzera said. “My head coach Marcus Kahn recommended me for the program and the head of the USAAI program looked over my resume and accepted the invitation.”

As a sophomore member of Cabrini’s first Final Four team in school history, Frizzera was strictly a reserve in his first two seasons as a Cavalier, playing in 31 games and averaging two points per game. But Frizzera will likely see an elevated role this season, and gained some valuable experience toward that with his summer playing time.

“I truly believe that my experience will be beneficial to my team this year,” Frizzera said. “This trip helped me grow a lot as a person and a player.”

Frizzera is the second Cabrini basketball player to play for USA overseas. Last season, junior forward Fran Rafferty traveled to Germany and Czech Republic with the same program.

In joining Rafferty and with senior guard A.J. Williams, who is expected to play overseas this summer, Frizzera said he feels like he is part of a trend for Cabrini basketball. For Frizzera, it was a special experience that was about more than basketball.

“Since I am of Italian descent, traveling to Italy to play basketball was an awesome experience and a dream that I’ve always had,” Frizzera said. “I tried many foods and saw many cool places and sites.

“Venice was definitely my favorite place.  The food and night life was awesome there.”

Coming so close to a National Championship last season, Frizzera and his teammates will try to make a return trip to Salem, Va. as part of the Final Four again this season. Frizzera certainly saw his growth in his game during the trip.

According to the Cabrini Athletics website, Frizzera averaged 10 points and eight assists per game. His career-highs at Cabrini is 10 points and four assists.

It wasn’t quite like playing on the Olympic stage in London. But with several professional athletes representing their countries at the 2012 Summer Games, Frizzera feels a connection to those who wore the red, white and blue, no matter what level they play at.

“Of course I feel a connection with those guys,” Frizzera said, “but obviously they are on a whole another level.

“It’s my dream to someday play professionally overseas for a living and my trip this summer confirmed that. I really want to continue to play ball once I graduate and for these next two years at Cabrini, I’m going to keep grinding and try my hardest to reach my goal.”

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