Tarczewski makes U.S. Men’s Pan American Team

Arizona senior center Kaleb Tarczewski was one of 12 players named to the U.S. Men’s Pan American Games Team on Sunday.

Colorado SPRINGS, Colorado – The official 12-player roster for the 2015 U.S. Pan American Men’s Basketball Team was announced Sunday following the 16 finalists’ last practice at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The U.S. squad will represent the United States at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, which will feature the men’s basketball competition July 21-25.

The 12 USA players range in age from 20 to 35 years old and include one player who played in the NBA in 2014-15, four who played professionally overseas and seven current collegians.

Named to the 2015 U.S. Pan American Men’s Basketball Team were: Ron Baker (Wichita State/Scott City, Kan.); Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia/Atlanta, Ga.); Bobby Brown (Dongguan Leopards, China/Los Angeles, Calif.); Ryan Hollins (Sacramento Kings/Pasadena, Calif.); Keith Langford (UNICS Kazan, Russia/Fort Worth, Texas) and Shawn Long (Louisiana/Morgan City, La.)

Taurean Prince (Baylor/San Antonio, Texas); Anthony Randolph (Lokomotiv-Kuban, Russia/ Pasadena, Calif.); Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona/Claremont, N.H.); Romelo Trimble (Maryland/Upper Marlboro, Md.); Denzel Valentine (Michigan State/Lansing, Mich.); and Damien Wilkins (Indios de Mayagüez, Puerto Rico/Orlando, Fla.) finish out the squad.

“It’s a group of hard-working guys who have done a great job in camp of really playing together and being unselfish,” said USA and Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few.

“They came into camp with a great attitude and mindset to really work, and now we’ve got to start formulating and playing to our strengths. This is a group that’s got some versatility, and I think we should be able to play a couple different ways.

“I don’t think I’ve ever in my whole life been put in a situation where you’re choosing between 16 great guys. You could have made a call for any one of the guys on the list and it would have made perfect sense. We labored, and labored and labored over it for what we think we might need. That’s how we got down to these 12.

“I would like our strength to be that we can defend in a variety of ways and at the same time attack you on the offensive end with a variety of different looks. I do think we’re going to be really balanced. I don’t think we’re really weighted in one position, or one person really scoring the ball. I think we can hopefully get contributions from everybody in that regard.”

The U.S. team is scheduled to train July 13-16 in Chicago, Illinois, at the Chicago Bulls practice facility.

Assisting Few with the 2015 U.S. Pan American Men’s Basketball Team is University of Colorado’s Tad Boyle and longtime NBA coach Mike Brown.

The 2015 Pan American Games men’s basketball competition will take place July 21-25 in Toronto, Canada. The U.S. men have been placed into Group A and will play all three of its preliminary round games at 9 p.m. EDT, including Venezuela on July 21, Puerto Rico on July 22 and Brazil on July 23. Competing in Group B will be Argentina, Canada, Dominican Republic and Mexico.

The top two teams from each preliminary-round group will advance to the medal-round semifinals on July 24, while the third and fourth-placed teams will play for fifth-eighth places. The semifinal winners will compete for the gold medal on July 25, and the semifinal losers will play for bronze.


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