Earlier this week, the 22-player 2015 United States Pan American Men’s Basketball Team roster was announced. USA basketball will eventually cut the group down to 16 to compete in Toronto from July 21-25 at the Ryerson Athletic Centre in the Pan American Games.
Group A is made up of the United States, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Venezuela, while Group B is made up of Argentina, Canada, Dominican Republic and Mexico. Puerto Rico is the defending champions, having won the games in 2011, with Mexico taking silver and the United States finishing with the bronze medal.
The 22 roster invites include: Ron Baker (Wichita State), Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia), Bobby Brown (Dongguan Leopards, China), Isaiah Cousins (Oklahoma), Micah Downs (Avtodor Saratov, Russia), Kellen Dunham (Butler), Rico Gathers (Baylor), Isaac Haas (Purdue), Nigel Hayes (Wisconsin), Malcolm Hill (Illinois), Ryan Hollins (Sacramento Kings), Keith Langford (UNICS Kazan, Russia), Shawn Long (Louisiana), Monte Morris (Iowa State), Taurean Prince (Baylor), Anthony Randolph (Lokomotiv-Kuban, Russia), Joshua Scott (Colorado), Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona), Melo Trimble (Maryland), Denzel Valentine (Michigan State), Fred Van Vleet (Wichita State) and Damien Wilkins (Indios de Mayaguez, Puerto Rico). The staff is led by Gonzaga’s head coach, Mark Few, with Tad Boyle from Colorado and Mike Brown.
Virginia Cavaliers fans will recognize Malcolm Brogdon, after averaging 14 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists for the Wahoos last season. Virginia had one of its most successful seasons in history, winning both the ACC regular season title and the conference championship. Although their exit in the NCAA Tournament at the hands of Michigan State was disappointing, Brogdon and the rest of the Cavaliers plan to be back next season and advance in the tournament even further.
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Although the United States didn’t win at the last games, they have had plenty of success since its inception in 1951. Hosted every four years, the United States has accumulated eight gold, three silver and two bronze medals, and an overall record of 87-15.