Jon Brockman Taking Part in USA Team Trials
July 12, 2007
HAVERFORD, PA. - University of Washington forward Jon Brockman is one of 32 college players competing for 12 spots on the 2007 USA Pan American team. The 6-foot-7 forward is participating in the USA Basketball Pan American Team Trials, July 12-14 at Haverford College in Haverford, Pa.
Selections for the team trials were made by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee chaired by Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim. The USA team will be led by Villanova head coach Jay Wright with Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried and Yale head coach James Jones serving as assistants.
Selected USA team finalists will participate in training camp July 15-18 in Haverford and July 19-21 in Washington, D.C.
The 2007 Pan American Games will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 13-29 with the men's basketball competition slated for July 25-29.
The United States has been placed in Group A with Argentina, Panama and Uruguay. Group B consists of Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The U.S. squad is scheduled to play Uruguay (July 25, 6 p.m. Pacific), Panama (July 26, 3:45 p.m. Pacific) and Argentina (July 27, 3:45 p.m. Pacific). The semifinals (July 28) and finals (July 29) times are to be determined.
Brockman (Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish) was a first-team All-Pac selection in 2007. He led all conference players with an average of 9.6 boards per game, the first Husky to top all Pac-10 rebounders since Todd MacCulloch in 1999.
He also led the conference with 15 double-doubles. Brockman ranked third among Pac-10 players in field goal percentage (55.0%). His 14.2-point scoring average was second on the team and 12th among Pac-10 players.
Ten players from the Pac-10 have represented the United State in all-time Pan American Games tournaments. Most recently, Josh Childress (Stanford), Ike Diogu (Arizona State) and Luke Jackson (Oregon) were on the 2003 U.S. roster.
The Sporting News men's basketball columnist Mike DeCourcy likes Brockman's chances to make the team. DeCourcy breaks down the power forward position like this:
'Power forward: The richest position on this team, it's also the toughest to cut down. D.J. White can get things done on the block and should have comfort up the baseline a little, which is necessary because of the wider lane. Jon Brockman gives the U.S. rock-solid toughness - he gets the nod over Randal Falker because of greater offensive skill. Brandon Costner's versatile game is perfect for international basketball. Richard Hendrix is immense, and it always helps to have that quality.'
If Brockman makes the team, he will become UW's first men's basketball representative at the Pan American Games. The 12-player roster is scheduled for announcement on Sunday.
PAC-10 PLAYERS AT THE PAN AMERICAN GAMES
Josh Childress, Stanford (2003)
Ike Diogu, Arizona State (2003)
Luke Jackson, Oregon (2003)
Adam Keefe, Stanford (1991)
Tracy Murray, UCLA (1991)
Jerome Richardson, UCLA (1987)
Charlie Sitton, Oregon State (1981)
Paul Westphal, USC (1971)
Walter Torrence, UCLA (1963)
Donald Barksdale, UCLA (1951)
For more information on the U.S. Pan American Games team, please visit the USA Basketball website.