"N.C. State point guard Julius Hodge was another surprising cut, at least to his coach Herb Sendek. Sendek said Hodge is one of the most versatile players he has coached and can play a variety of positions -- a plus on a foreign touring team.
Izzo admits his Pan Am team will lack depth when it comes to true point guards. Seton Hall's Andre Barrett, who wasn't initially invited to be on the squad, is the only true point. Gonzaga's Blake Stepp will play some point, but is more of a shooter than passer. The same can be said about Texas guard Brandon Mouton, who made the team but didn't play much last week because of an ankle injury. Izzo said the coaches feel Connecticut's Ben Gordon can play the point, but he's better suited to play his natural position of shooting guard."