Pan Am Trials: Final Dozen Announced

By David Scott - July 17, 2007

HAVERFORD, Pa. -- Bryce Taylor (Oregon) and Josh Carter (Texas A&M) were the final two cuts of the 2007 Team USA Pan Am Games squad, it was announced this afternoon.

The 30-player trials had been trimmed to 14 on Saturday night and the final two cuts came today, following a practice session at Haverford College outside of Philadelphia.

"This was difficult of a decision as any I've been involved in with USA Basketball. Every kid here could play on this team and we would be proud to take them to Brazil. We just had to decide do we want to play with some extra guards and some extra bigs and maybe not as many wings, and that’s really what it came down to," said USA and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright in a statement. "I think it has been difficult for everybody on the team and even the coaching staff to really, really think
like a team because we were all so concerned with the cuts. We became close, but everybody kind of felt like they had one foot out the door. Now I think everybody will feel (like) 'All right we're in this' and now we're going to go down there as a team, as a family, and were going to start building that now. We've got to learn who is going to play what spots, who's going to have what roles, and I think it will move quickly now that we know who the squad is."

The USA Pan American Games squad will compete July 25-29 in the 2007 Pan American Games men's basketball competition. The United States has been placed in preliminary round Group A along with Argentina, Panama and Uruguay, and Group B consists of Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. opens preliminary play July 25 facing Uruguay (10 p.m. Rio de Janeiro local time), then meets Panama on July 26 (7:45 p.m. Rio de Janeiro local time) and the U.S. closes out preliminary round action against Argentina on July 27 (7:45 p.m. Rio de Janeiro local time). Semifinals will be held on July 28 and the finals will be played July 29.

The final roster look like this:

2007 USA Basketball Men's Pan American Games Team


Joey Dorsey F 6-9 260 12/16/83 2008 University of Memphis / Baltimore, MD

Wayne Ellington G 6-4 195 11/29/87 2010 University of North Carolina / Wynnewood, PA

Shan Foster F 6-6 200 08/20/86 2008 Vanderbilt University / Kenner, LA

James Gist F 6-8 228 10/26/86 2008 University of Maryland / Silver Spring, MD

Roy Hibbert C 7-2 278 12/11/86 2008 Georgetown University / Adelphi, MD

Maarty Leunen F 6-9 215 09/03/85 2008 University of Oregon / Redmond, OR

Derrick Low G 6-1 186 03/21/86 2008 Washington State University / Honolulu, HI

Eric Maynor G 6-2 165 06/11/87 2009 Virginia Commonwealth University/Fayetteville, NC

Drew Neitzel G 6-0 180 05/07/85 2008 Michigan State University / Grand Rapids, MI

Scottie Reynolds G 6-2 195 10/10/87 2010 Villanova University / Herndon, VA

Kyle Weaver F 6-5 185 02/18/86 2008 Washington State University / Beloit, WI

D.J. White F 6-9 251 08/31/86 2008 Indiana University / Tuscaloosa, AL

Head Coach: Jay Wright, Villanova University
Assistant Coach: Mark Gottfried, University of Alabama
Assistant Coach: James Jones, Yale University
Team Physician: Bruce Holladay (USOC)
Athletic Trainer: Neil Washington (ATC Rehabilitation Assoc., Conn.)

Posted by David Scott at 04:30 PM on July 17, 2007

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