Long To Compete At U.S. Pan American Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball player Shawn Long was one of 22 players invited on Monday to take part in the 2015 U.S. Pan American Men's Basketball Team training camp that will be used to select the 12 players who will represent the United States at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.

Long, a senior from Morgan City, La., was one of 16 collegians named to the 22-man squad that also includes five players who have recently played professionally overseas and one player who played in the NBA.

"It's a great opportunity for Shawn to tryout for Team USA and represent his country in the Pan American Games," Louisiana head coach Bob Marlin said. "He's made great strides each year in our program, both as a proven scorer and rebounder."

In 2014-15, Long was named to the all-Sun Belt Conference first team for the second straight season and was named a Lou Henson all-American. In his junior season, Long was the top big man in the Sun Belt Conference, averaging 16.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, while shooting .542 from the field. He was the only player in the SBC to rank in the top five in both scoring and rebounding, and his 52 career double-doubles are the most by any active player in the country.

Long reached double figures in scoring in all 20 SBC games in 2014-15 and became just the third player in UL history to reach 1,000 rebounds and also ranks second all-time in program history in blocked shots.

Athletes expected to attend the U.S. Pan American Men's Basketball Team training camp include Ron Baker (Wichita State/Scott City, Kan.); Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia/Atlanta, Ga.); Bobby Brown (Dongguan Leopards, China/Los Angeles, Calif.); Isaiah Cousins (Oklahoma/Mount Vernon, N.Y.); Micah Downs (Avtodor Saratov, Russia/Bothell, Wash.); Kellen Dunham (Butler/Pendleton, Ind.); Rico Gathers (Baylor/LaPlace, La.); Haas (Purdue/Hokes Bluff, Ala.); Nigel Hayes (Wisconsin/Toledo, Ohio); Malcolm Hill (Illinois/Fairview Heights, Ill.); Ryan Hollins (Sacramento Kings/Pasadena, Calif.); Keith Langford (UNICS Kazan, Russia/Fort Worth, Texas); Shawn Long (Louisiana/Morgan City, La.); Monte' Morris (Iowa State/ Flint, Mich.); Taurean Prince (Baylor/San Antonio, Texas); Anthony Randolph (Lokomotiv-Kuban, Russia/ Pasadena, Calif.); Joshua Scott (Colorado/Monument, Colo.); Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona/Claremont, N.H.); Romelo Trimble (Maryland/Upper Marlboro, Md.); Denzel Valentine (Michigan State/Lansing, Mich.); Fred Van Vleet (Wichita State/Rockford, Ill.); and Damien Wilkins (Indios de Mayagüez, Puerto Rico/Orlando, Fla.).

Mark Few of Gonzaga University will serve as head coach of the 2015 U.S. Pan American Men's Basketball Team, and University of Colorado's Tad Boyle and longtime NBA coach Mike Brown were selected as assistant coaches. The training camp will also feature a trio of court coaches, including Jason Flanigan (Holmes Community College), Ron Hunter (Georgia State) and Mark Turgeon (Maryland).

"Coach Few and his staff are going to have a very competitive training camp before we decide on the Pan America Games roster for USA Basketball," said Syracuse University head mentor Jim Boeheim, chair of the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee that is responsible for player and coach selections. "There is a tremendous collection of talented players with varying skill sets who will be trying out. There's no question the ones who ultimately make the team will form a team capable of challenging for the gold medal."

The USA training camp will be held July 7-12 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the U.S. team will train July 13-16 at the Chicago Bulls practice facility.

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.

The USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee is responsible for selecting the U.S. Pan American Games Men's Basketball players and coaching staff, which is approved by the United States Olympic Committee.

In addition to Boeheim, the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee also includes NCAA appointees: Bob McKillop (Davidson), Matt Painter (Purdue) and Lorenzo Romar (Washington); and athlete representative Curtis Sumpter, who won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2004 FIBA Americas U20 Championship and a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Games.


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