WASHINGTON STATE has placed two -- the most of any school -- on the Pan-Am Games hoops team roster. Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver made the final 12-man team from 30 of college basketball's best and brightest. The crimson duo, both first team All-Pac-10 in 2006-07, become the first Cougars to represent the USA in men's basketball at the Pan American Games, held July 25-29 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The announcement that Low and Weaver, seniors-to-be at Washington State, were named to the final roster thrilled their coach.

"We're so very proud of these guys and all I can say is, wow!" Cougars' head man Tony Bennett, himself a member of the 1991 Pan-Am team, said in an release from WSU Tuesday.

Team USA has been placed in preliminary round Group A along with Argentina, Panama and Uruguay. The U.S. opens preliminary play July 25 facing Uruguay (6 p.m. Pacific), then meets Panama, July 26 (3:45 p.m. Pacific) and the U.S. closes out preliminary round action against Argentina, July 27 (3:45 p.m. Pacific). Semifinals will be held, July 28, and the final will be played July 29. Rio de Janeiro is four hours ahead of Pacific Daylight Time.

Group B consists of Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Weaver and Low will be teamed on the USA roster with guards Wayne Ellington (North Carolina), Eric Maynor (Virginia Commonwealth), Drew Neitzel (Michigan State), Scottie Reynolds (Villanova), forwards Joey Dorsey (Memphis), Shan Foster (Vanderbilt), James Gist (Maryland), Maarty Leunen (Oregon), D.J. White (Indiana) and center Roy Hibbert (Georgetown).

The previous Pac-10 members representing the United State are: Donald Barksdale (UCLA, 1951), Walter Torrence (UCLA, 1963), Paul Westphal (USC, 1971), Charlie Sitton (Oregon State, 1981), Jerome Richardson (UCLA, 1987), Adam Keefe (Stanford, 1991), Tracy Murray (UCLA, 1991), Josh Childress (Stanford, 2003), Ike Diogu (Arizona State, 2003) and Luke Jackson (Oregon, 2003) as Pacific-10 Conference student-athletes on the USA Pan American Games team.

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