Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver Attend USA Basketball Men's Pan American Game Trials
July 12, 2007
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Washington State men's basketball guards Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver are among 32 student-athletes vying for 12 spots on the 2007 USA Pan American team. The duo 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 United States 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.
Low and Weaver were both All-Pacific-10 selections in 2007 after leading Washington State to a school-record tying 26 wins and the Cougars' first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 13 seasons. WSU posted its first NCAA Tournament win since 1983 when it defeated Oral Roberts in the first round before losing to Vanderbilt in the second round at Sacramento's Arco Arena. Marquette (three), Alabama, Duke, Kansas, Oregon and Washington State (two each) are schools with more than one representative at the team trials.
There have been 10 student-athletes from the Pacific-10 who have represented the United State in the Pan American Games. Most recently, Josh Childress (Stanford), Ike Diogu (Arizona State) and Luke Jackson (Oregon) wore red, white and blue in 2003.
In addition to their conference accolades, Low and Weaver were named National Association of Basketball Coaches District 14 First Team. Low earned United States Basketball Writers Association District 9 First Team honors and Weaver garnered Collegeinsider.com's Pacific-10 Conference Most Valuable Player award.
A native of Honolulu, Low recorded six games with 20 or more points, including a career-high 37 against Oregon, Jan. 27. He knocked down nine 3-pointers against the Ducks to tie the WSU single-game record. He ranks in the Cougar all-time top 10 in free throw percentage (third - 81.0), minutes (eighth - 31.9 per game) and 3-point field goals (tied-ninth - 128).
Weaver, a native of Beloit, Wis., became the first men's basketball student-athlete in Pac-10 history to have at least 300 points, 125 rebounds, 125 assists, 50 steals and 35 blocked shots in the same season. He had 14 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and 10 assists at Stanford, Jan. 13 to register the first triple-double in Cougar history. He ranks in the WSU career top 10 in assists average (fifth - 3.65 per game), assists (seventh - 314) and steals (eighth - 128).