BENDIGO Spirit will be without Tessa Lavey for Friday night's WNBL clash with West Coast Waves, but the young point guard has a good excuse for missing the home-court match.
Lavey flew to Hungary this week with a team of Australian rising stars to take on the European nation's brightest basketball prospects.
Opals head coach Brendan Joyce is leading the 12-member Australian development squad on the playing tour, which aims to give our next generation of champions experience on the international stage.
Lavey, 20, is one of five WNBL-listed players in the squad, alongside Townsville Fire twins Alicia and Keely Froling, and Melbourne Boomers pair Stephanie Collins and Alexandra Sharp.
They are scheduled to play six games in eight days, starting on Saturday when they line up against Hungary's strong UNI Gyor club side.
Matches against the ZTE and MTK Budapest clubs follow on Sunday and Monday.
After a two-day break, the young Aussies will do battle against Hungary's national under-20 and under-18 women's teams.
Read more about Lavey's basketball journey in the Bendigo Advertiser's Women in Sport section on Saturday.