BATON ROUGE - LSU men's basketball coach Trent Johnson has had a busy first few days on his trip to the Nkomazi Rush Mission in South Africa for the TRIAD Trust program.
TRIAD, Training to Reduce the Incidence of Aids-Related Death, is putting on basketball clinics with Coach Johnson's assistance to help teach coaches and youngsters the benefits of the sport.
The Nkomazi Youth Sports League as of last December had over 3,500 members participating in the Nkomazi region's first professionally organized, locally managed, and unified sports league.
Coach Johnson has been tweeting @LSUCoachJohnson during his trip and here are a few of his thoughts on the trip to date:
"Morning session for coaches, topic half-court offense, understanding concepts, learning curve for some ok, my ability to teach being tested."
"Received deed for land to put up 2 baskets. Area similar to what we call a parish or county only has four baskets and two courts. Kids thankful!"
"Jere Longman, sports reporter for New York Times, just left, here covering World Cup. We had dinner, spent night same hut. LSU grad mid 1970s, wrote for reveille, great stories about interviewing Coach (Dale) Brown."
"Coaches meeting (tonight). Debate over who wins South Africa of Mexico June 11 ... Having a great time. Dinner conversations heating up about World Cup!!!. Coach J outnumbered like 35-1, not backing down. Go USA!!!"
But no matter where LSU's third year coach is, his future LSU team is never far from his thoughts: "Like the feedback I'm getting from staff about how hard guys are working back home. Important summer, so much to learn, MUST GET IT DONE."