Pan Am Trials: Session Two Underway

By David Scott - July 13, 2007


HAVERFORD, Pa. -- Welcome back to the green, leafy, pristine campus of Haverford College where the second session of tryouts for the 2007 Pan Am Games is underway.

On the near court, half-court, closest to the Hang Time perch, head coach Jay Wright and assistant Mark Gottfried are working with about ten players on some zone offesne and defense. The group includes Duke's Jon Scheyer, Wisconsin's Brian Butch and Alabama's Alonzo Gee. At the opposite end, assistant James Jones is running another group through the same drills. That group includes Syracuse's Eric Devendorf, UNC's Wayne Ellington and Indiana's DJ White. A third group is at the far end of the gym, working on similar zone principles and that is where we find the easy-to-spot Roy Hibbert along with Duke's DeMarcus Nelson and Maryland's James Gist.

In the middle of the zone work, six minutes was put on the clock and all the players went through stretching and light running as Wright and his coaches met at halfcourt to go over plans for the rest of this morning's session.

. . . Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, a member of the collegiate committee has arrived at Haverford and is currently chatting up Sean Ford the assistant executive director for Team USA Men's programs. And, as if joined at the hip, Marquette coach and Izzo protege, Tom Crean has entered the building as well and sat right under the basket where his own Jerel McNeal was running drills. Bill Self from Kansas, another member of the Collegiate Committee is also in attendance.

There appear to be about 20 NBA personnel in attendance as well.

. . . A bit of an update on the two missing players who had been announced as late additions to the trials, Dominic James of Marquette and Sean Singletary of Virginia. According to Team USA spokesman Craig Miller the additions of the two players (both of whom were late withdrawals form the NBA Draft) met with resistance from Pan Am Game organizers who were holding Team USA to the orginial 30 trial players submitted in June. When USA Basketball could not guarantee that either James or Singletary would be eligible to play, both decided not to attend. "It was nothing that either of them did, it was a procedural matter with us," said Miller, who could very well be the best major sports PR man in the nation.

Replacing James on my 12 man roster that I submitted last night, I'll add in Kansas's Mario Chalmers.

. . . We're going to do some scouting of our own so that our next update can include some informed observations on what is happening in Session 2. Check back with us in about an hour.

Posted by David Scott at 10:30 AM on July 13, 2007
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