SUNY Canton

Sam Annorh & Romario Fletcher

Hoop Dreams

Sam Annorh '17

SUNY Canton basketball players Sam Annorh '17 and Romario Fletcher '17 had the opportunity of a lifetime this summer when they were selected to compete as a part of Team USA in a four-game tour of Brazil.

The trip, which was led by USA Sports, allowed 10 top-tier NCAA Division III student-athletes the opportunity to play Brazilian professional, preparatory school and university teams.

The pair flew to Orlando where they took part in orientation and practice for two days. Then they departed for Sao Paulo, Brazil, for three games before traveling to Rio de Janeiro for a final matchup.

“The competition in Brazil was tough,” Fletcher said. “It was different from the U.S. There were no foul calls, so you had to play through everything.”

“We played with athletes from all over the country," Annorh added. "They were all on Division III ranked teams in the NCAA, so it was really fun.”

“We played with athletes from all over the country," Annorh added. "They were all on Division III ranked teams in the NCAA, so it was really fun.”

The players also had the opportunity to travel and sightsee in Brazil and gain a greater understanding of a different culture. “The culture in Brazil was awesome,” Fletcher said. “Everybody was friendly, they would come up and talk to us. They were happy to see young, educated men in a different country trying to do something to better themselves in life.”

Sam Annorh & Romario Fletcher

SUNY Canton Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Bechtel helped Annorh and Fletcher facilitate the trip and flew down to Orlando to watch them practice before they left for Brazil.

“This was a tremendous opportunity for Sam and Romario to represent our country and travel to Brazil,” Bechtel said. “The team won all four games, and Sam and Romario had a fantastic experience both on and off the court. It is great exposure for our institution and program to have two players chosen to compete with some of the top players in the country.”