Wes Gordon is heading Down Under.

On Tuesday, the Pac-12 Conference announced a 12-player all-star basketball team that will compete in a series of exhibitions in Australia in July, and Gordon was the lone Buffaloes player to make the cut.

Gordon, who will be a fifth-year senior, was earned honorable mention accolades this past season for the league's all-defensive team after averaging two blocks and 7.6 rebounds per game for a Buffs team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five seasons. Gordon reached career-bests with 7.2 points a game and 45 total assists, while also leading CU with 8.3 rebounds per game in league games. Gordon finished the 2015-16 season ranked fourth all-time at CU in blocked shots (156) and 12th in total rebounds (679).

The squad will play its first game of the six-day, three-game tour of Australia on July 10 following a three-day training camp in Los Angeles that begins July 5. The Pac-12 group will play its first game against a semi-pro team from the South East Australian Basketball League before playing a pair of games against the Australian National Team as part of that country's preparation for the Olympics later this summer.

The trip is part of the Pac-12 Global initiative which organized the first regular-season college basketball contest held in China when Washington faced Texas early last season. Gordon's CU teammate, Xavier Johnson, traveled with a similar all-star squad to China in 2014.


The players set to join Gordon in Australia are Arizona's Kadeem Allen and Chance Comanche; Arizona State's Tra Holder; Drew Eubanks and Stephen Thompson Jr. from Oregon State; Stephen Domingo from Cal; Stanford's Dorian Pickens; USC's Jordan McLaughlin; Lorenzo Bonham from Utah; Matisse Thybulle from Washington; and Washington State's Josh Hawkinson.

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