The logo on the Bren Events Center court reads 'Eater Nation. But first-year UC Irvine men's basketball coach Russ Turner believes that to achieve the kind of success he envisions, the Anteaters will need to utilize players beyond American borders.
Turner, hired in April, announced the arrival of Maxim Chupin, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound post player from France on Monday.
Chupin, who averaged 12.5 points and seven rebounds per game while helping his Cholet club team win the French League Championship this past season, is still awaiting eligibility clearance from the NCAA. But his arrival is not the only new addition of foreign-born talent to the UCI program.
Assistant coaches Ali Ton and Amadou "Pape" Koundoul will be counted upon to help grease the pipeline of foreign talent that Turner hopes will help him lead UCI to the top of the Big West Conference.