Pan Am Trials: Session Four Underway

By David Scott - July 14, 2007


HAVERFORD, Pa. -- We're into the nitty gritty portion of the three-day evaluation period and as committee chairman Jim Boeheim predicted yesterday, the outside shots are starting to fall more and we're getting a better indication of who can really stroke it.

In addition, the players who Boeheim indicated had risen dramatically on Friday -- Wayne Ellington (UNC) and Eric Maynor (VCU) -- continue to impress, especially Ellington who is looking more and more like a lock for the Rio trip. The two have been matched up a bit in one scrimmage and on at least one occasion a Maynor floater on the baseline caused Boeheim to shake his head at Mr. Clutch's skills. You sort of get the impression that Boeheim would take Maynor right now for his Syracuse Orange.

. . . It's still looking like the cut from 30 will go directly to the 12-man roster instead of going to 16 or 14, which had been the plan earlier in the week. The team is set to be announced in the morning on Sunday, probably around 9 or 10, according to Team USA spokesman Craig Miller. As soon as the email hits our inbox, we'll post the roster here.

. . . We've completely overlooked an injury suffered by DeMarcus Nelson (Duke) earlier in the week. Nelson has left the trials and headed back to Durham to be examined. Miller indicated there is a possibility that Nelson has a broken bone in his left hand. More information should be available later today. We're going to give ourselves a Mulligan on our Nelson pick from Day 1 and replace him with Shan Foster. We can do things like that when we're playing Fantasy Pan Am Trials.

. . . Oregon's Maarty Leunen, who the committee is said to like a lot for his outside shooting and his defense, has continued to impress. We still can't see him making the team, but he is definitely in the mix. Shan Foster from Vanderbiult has also started to heat up, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of one of the morning scrimmages. And although he's not going to make the team, Southern Illinois' Randal Falker could very well be the most active and enjoyable player to watch in the entire camp's field.

LSU's Tasmin Mitchell has been impressive for the past two sessions and he has to be creeping up on the committee's Big Board. Marquette's Jerel McNeal has had his best session of the camp and is active defensively with hands in on virtually every play. We sat next to McNeal (and Wesley Mathhews') coach, Tom Crean for a while and Crean is busy diagramming plays and keeping a watchful eye on his duo. He also appears to be taking copious notes on various players which we're guessing he will share with committee member Tom Izzo over lunch.

. . . Joey Dorsey has all but locked up his spot on the roster. Dorsey is our pick for the most NBA-ready player in Haverford this week - he is simply a beast. One of Dorsey's coaches at Memphis, the incomparable John Robic, is scheduled to be in the gym for the second session today and when we talked with him last night he was thrilled to hear his big man was performing so well. (Robic is the former Youngstown State head coach and long-time John Calipari assistant who has the honor of provding me dinner and adult beverages this evening for the simple fact that he has now been mentioned in this space. That's how we ROLL!)

. . . We'll get back with you for a final update during the 5-7 p.m. (EST) session so come on back after you enjoy your Saturday plans.

Posted by David Scott at 11:42 AM on July 14, 2007
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How is Hibbert playing? Except for your earlier comment about the need to play angrier, hard to get a feel for his play from your reports. Is he not getting the ball in an up-tempo game, or he is just not making the most of his opportunities?

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