Roger Franklin had two goals when he began playing college basketball in 2009; get his degree and earn a job playing professional basketball. The Duncanville, Texas native will have that degree in his pocket by the end of the summer, and on Saturday he showed the international basketball community what made him such a success at North Texas.
Franklin opened up the Four Nations International Basketball Tournament in China with a 10-point, 11-rebound performance. His USA Men’s All-Star Basketball team fell to the Latvian National team 67-65 on Saturday, but will get another opportunity against a Canadian squad on Sunday.
The Four Nations Tournament features the Chinese National team, The Canadian Federation University team and the National team of Latviain addition to the US. The nine-game format has the US playing six games in the Chongqing City area and then flying to the Wuqi District of Yanan City for the final three games. The Americans will return to the US on June 20.
A standout player commended for his work ethic and locker room presence while at North Texas, Franklin averaged 11.7 points and 6.3 rebounds on 48.5 percent shooting as a senior last year. He was the only Mean Green player to start all 32 games after being named captain by his teammates.
NetScouts Basketball organized the Four Nations Tournament, and you can follow all of the action at their blog.