By now, fans may have become a bit bored with baseball season and have began searching for other sporting outlets. Look no further than the Pan Americans Basketball Games set to take place from July 21 to 25.
The team is made up of players ranging from 21 to 35 years old and Sunday head coach Mark Few announced his squad.
The team will include: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); 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.).
“It’s a group of hard-working guys who have done a great job in camp of really playing together and being unselfish,” coach Mark Few told Bleacher Report. “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 US squad is the heavy favorite entering the tournament, but do not expect the Americans to look past any of their Pool A opponents- Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and Brazil. Still, the US has the necessary talent to run the gauntlet and build off of their 2011 Bronze medal.
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