July 15, 2007
HAVERFORD, Pa. -- There will be no trip to South America this summer for Tennessee's Chris Lofton.
The Volunteer sharp shooter was hoping to land a spot on Team USA's roster for the upcoming Pan American games, but it didn't happen, as Lofton was one of 16 players cut today.
30 of the nation's best collegiate players were invited to the Pan Am trials, after working out July 12-14, that number is now down to 14. 2 additional players will be dismissed before the games tip off later this month in Brazil.
Lofton reportedly didn't shoot at a high percentage during the trials and it was enough to cut him from the final roster.
Selected for the 2007 USA Pan American Games Team roster were: Josh Carter (Texas A&M / Dallas, Texas); Joey Dorsey (Memphis / Baltimore, Md.); Wayne Ellington (North Carolina / Wynnewood, Pa.); Shan Foster (Vanderbilt / Kenner, La.); James Gist (Maryland / Silver Spring, Md.); Roy Hibbert (Georgetown / Adelphi, Md.); Maarty Leunen (Oregon / Redmond, Ore.); ; Derrick Low (Washington State / Honolulu, Hawaii); Eric Maynor (Virginia Commonwealth / Fayetteville, N.C.); Drew Neitzel (Michigan State / Grand Rapids, Mich.); Scottie Reynolds (Villanova / Herndon, Va.); Bryce Taylor (Oregon / Encino, Calif.); Kyle Weaver (Washington State / Beloit, Wis.); D.J. White (Indiana / Tuscaloosa, Ala.).
"The trials were as competitive as any we have ever had. 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," said Boeheim. "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."
"This was definitely the most difficult choice we’ve ever 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 - a guy like Hibbert could be a game changer," stated USA and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright. "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."
Wright is being assisted on the USA bench by University of Alabama head mentor Mark Gottfried and Yale University head coach James Jones.
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