Charleston, S.C. - Sophomore Phlandrous Fleming Jr. had the experience of a lifetime when he represented Charleston Southern Men's Basketball at Athletes for Action (AIA) this summer. Fleming was chosen by CSU Head Coach Barclay Radebaugh and AIA Coach Mo.
"We thought Phlandrous was ready," Radebaugh commented on why he promoted Fleming for this opportunity. "We thought he was ready basketball-wise. He was ready spiritually and emotionally for this step. It was a big step to represent the United States of America."
The AIA team spent one week in Dayton, Ohio for training camp and team bonding before traveling to Sao Paulo, Brazil. While in Brazil, Fleming and company represented the United States of America in the first FISU America Games. Under the direction of Coach Morris Michalski, the team brought home the gold medal.
The team was also able to serve the community and get involved with mission work by visiting a juvenile prison housing 15-18-year-olds. While at the facility, the team was able to play basketball with the inmates.
"Afterwards they hugged us for so long," said Fleming. "They didn't want us to go. That was a big part of my trip."
Fleming and the CSU men's basketball team opens the 2018-19 season at home on Tuesday night against Columbia International. Tipoff inside the Buc Dome is set for 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+.