Villanova coach Jay Wright was clear about a few things prior to the start of the five-practice trials for the Pan Am Games team on Thursday: the team with the best chance to win internationally was going to be selected, not necessarily an all-star, future NBA team. And, oh by the way, the selection committee, not Wright, was making the call.
So, that might explain why there were some surprise additions and omissions from the 14 players selected out of the 30 who tried out for the squad. The roster will be trimmed again, this time by two, in advance of next Saturday's departure for the competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Late Saturday night, the selection committee, which consisted of Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, Oregon's Ernie Kent, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Kansas' Bill Self, junior college representative Scott Schumacher and athletic representative A.J. Wynder, voted on a final list of 14 players. In a rare format for high-profile players who have mostly never tried out for a team in their basketball careers, let alone getting cut, USA Basketball men's program executive director Sean Ford read off the names of finalists in a banquet room.
And they were, according to multiple sources: Roy Hibbert (Georgetown), Wayne Ellington (North Carolina), Shan Foster (Vanderbilt), Kyle Weaver and Derrick Low (Washington State), Eric Maynor (VCU), Bryce Taylor and Maarty Leunen (Oregon), Josh Carter (Texas A&M), D.J. White (Indiana), Drew Neitzel (Michigan State), Scottie Reynolds (Villanova), James Gist (Maryland) and Joey Dorsey (Memphis).
USA Basketball is expected to officially announce the roster Sunday morning.