Low and Weaver Named Finalist for USA Men's Basketball Pan American Games Team

July 15, 2007

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Washington State guards Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver were selected finalists for the 2007 USA Pan American Games men's basketball team, Sunday.

After three days of workouts at Haverford College (Pa.), 14 finalists were selected by the USA Basketball Collegiate Committee, chaired by Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim.

USA Pan American Games Team training will continue July 15-18 at Haverford College (Pa.), and July 19-21 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Two more cuts will be made finalize the 12-man roster for the Pan American Games.

The official 12-member USA Pan American Games squad will compete July 25-29 in the 2007 Pan American Games men's basketball competition. The United States has been placed in preliminary round Group A along with Argentina, Panama and Uruguay, and Group B consists of Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. opens preliminary play July 25 facing Uruguay (10 p.m. Rio de Janeiro local time), then meets Panama, July 26 (7:45 p.m. Rio de Janeiro local time) and the U.S. closes out preliminary round action against Argentina, July 27 (7:45 p.m. Rio de Janeiro local time). Semifinals will be held, July 28 and the final will be played, July 29.

'The trials were as competitive as any we have ever had,' Boeheim said. 'With the group of 14 finalists, there is really good balance. We've got good inside guys, we've got good wing players and the point guards have really come on. I don't know that we have a superstar type player, but we've got really good balance and the players worked very hard and they look like they'll be good teammates, guys who will play well together which is tremendously important.'

USA and Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright added, 'This was definitely the most difficult choice we've had to make, but I just love this group. I think we have great options. We've got shooters, we've got penetrators, we've got size, we've got post people.

'It's just a really diverse group that has great personality and I think the committee did a great job of putting together a really strong team. Our staff is excited about working with this team and getting them to come together and think like a team.'

Joining Low and Weaver as finalists are Josh Carter (Texas A&M), Joey Dorsey (Memphis), Wayne Ellington (North Carolina), Shan Foster (Vanderbilt), James Gist (Maryland), Roy Hibbert (Georgetown), Maarty Leunen (Oregon), Eric Maynor (Virginia Commonwealth), Drew Neitzel (Michigan State), Scottie Reynolds (Villanova), Bryce Taylor (Oregon) and D.J. White (Indiana).

Low stated, 'It's an honor to make it past that first cut, but I'm also not getting too hyped about it because there are still two players left that are not going to make the trip.'

'When I heard my name, it was a sigh of relief, joy, a bunch of emotions riled up into one,' Weaver said.

To hear more of Derrick Low's reaction about being a finalist:http://www.usabasketball.com/audioplayer.php?audioname=07_mpag_Low_7-15-...

To hear more of Kyle Weaver's reaction about being a finalist:http://www.usabasketball.com/audioplayer.php?audioname=07_mpag_Weaver_7-...

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