Haygood, Morse experience hoops, life in Spain

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo Cameron Morse, left, and Devin Haygood, right, went to Spain this month as part of the Global Sports Academy Tour in Barcelona.

YOUNGSTOWN — Devin Haygood didn’t know pizza came without mozzarella cheese.

The Youngstown State University junior forward and Ypsilanti, Mich., native took a bite of it during a recent trip to Spain. Everything changed.

“I remember we went to Domino’s and they used goat cheese instead of regular cheese,” Haygood said.

Haygood and senior shooting guard Cameron Morse, a Flint, Mich., native, were in Barcelona, Spain, for the Global Sports Academy Tour in the middle of the this month for a week trip.

Haygood said people were much nicer over there. People were saying good morning everywhere they went.

“It’s something you really don’t see in the states,” he said.

On the court, things were upbeat as well.

Haygood said the referees were getting involved in the game, keeping things lighthearted.

“Instead of getting frustrated because we’re getting frustrated by their calls we both laughed about it,” he said. “It was pretty fun.”

The competitive nature of the games showed Morse something as well.

“They let you know you have to move the ball around,” he said. “There wasn’t one person that wasn’t unselfish over there. That’s what I admire about their game.”

Haygood admired a 24-year-old named Kobe he played against from California, definitely not named Bryant.

Morse and Haygood played against professional player in the late 20s and early 30s.

This guy Kobe didn’t play collegiate basketball, but joined a flight club where his dunking skills were promoted.

Haygood said Kobe signed a contract for $60,000.

“For him to be playing with those guys was an eye opener for me,” Haygood said. “It’s something maybe I could do some day.”

Morse also said he was thankful the two just landed in the States on Aug. 17 — the day the Barcelona terror attack occurred.

“We were like, ‘Dang, we just made it out,’ “ he said. “I thank God we made it out of there safely.”

Despite that, Morse said he and Haygood were about to enjoy shopping, riding bicycles, swimming and other things besides basketball — enjoy the week in Spain.

“It was really a good experience for me and him,” Morse said.