When Dan Dickau travels with Team USA to Beijing, China, for the World University Games, August 22 to September 1, he won't be the only Gonzaga Bulldog. And for two weeks, both Zags will be adversaries instead of teammates, matching wits and talent against each other.
Enter Germayne Forbes, a 6'1" Guard who hails from London, England. He will be playing for Team England.
It's too early to tell just how the brackets shape up. There is, after all, 28 teams competing and Team USA is scheduled to play Iran, Turkey and South Africa in preliminary play. But it will certainly make an interesting contest if USA meets England, not to mention quite a story. The fact that a small enrollment school like Gonzaga will have two student-athletes participating in this once-every-two-year event is a story unto itself.
It should be pointed out that one more round of practices to trim the roster from 16 to 12 will be help for Team USA, but it is widely expected that Dickau will make the cut. Andy Katz, Mike Decourcey and others saw Dan first-hand in Colorado Springs and had nothing but glowing reviews. "The best jump shot at the camp," reported the latter. We at ZagsHoops are confident we'll be seeing our starting point guard in Beijing.
At this time, it is not known just how the process works in Great Britain but with far fewer basketball players to choose from, coupled with Germayne's outstanding talent, it is safe to assume that the Zag they call G-Money in his homeland will play and quite possibly start for the Brits.
Stay tuned for more on this. ZagsHoops fully expects to talk with Dan or Germayne or both before the planes leave for the Far East.