G-R grad representing USA Basketball

FAYETTE — Upper Iowa men’s basketball player and former Gladbrook-Reinbeck standout Joe Smoldt will be heading south of the border to show off his skills.

Smoldt was chosen as one of nine players to join the USA D-2 Basketball Team Tour in Brazil from July 30 to Aug. 8.

Smoldt was the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference freshman of the year last season, the first-ever Peacock to earn that honor. He started 19 of 22 games in NSIC play and tallied eight 20-point games, including a 28-point effort against Augustana.

The team departed from Orlando after orientation on July 30 and had its first game against the Jundiai U22 Club on Wednesday. They play the top club team from Osasco, Brazil, tonight, then play Botafogo of Rio on Saturday before playing their final game on Monday against Fluminense.