USA Basketball announced the final 12-man roster for the upcoming Pan American Games on Sunday, and Arizona center Kaleb Tarczewski will get some valuable international playing experience after making the cut.
Here's a look at the 12 guys who will represent the United States in Toronto later this month.
- Ron Baker (Wichita State/Scott City, Kan.)
- Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia/Atlanta, Ga.)
- Bobby Brown (Dongguan Leopards, China/Los Angeles, Calif.)
- Ryan Hollins (Sacramento Kings/Pasadena, Calif.)
- Keith Langford (UNICS Kazan, Russia/Fort Worth, Texas)
- Shawn Long (Louisiana/Morgan City, La.)
- Taurean Prince (Baylor/San Antonio, Texas)
- Anthony Randolph (Lokomotiv-Kuban, Russia/ Pasadena, Calif.)
- Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona/Claremont, N.H.)
- Romelo Trimble (Maryland/Upper Marlboro, Md.)
- Denzel Valentine (Michigan State/Lansing, Mich.)
- Damien Wilkins (Indios de Mayagüez, Puerto Rico/Orlando, Fla.)
"It's a group of hard-working guys who have done a great job in camp of really playing together and being unselfish," said Gonzaga head coach Mark Few, who is also the head coach of this team. "They came into camp with a great attitude and mindset to really work, and now we've got to start formulating and playing to our strengths. This is a group that's got some versatility, and I think we should be able to play a couple different ways."
The competition begins July 21st and will run through the 25th. The U.S. opens with Venezuela on the 21st at 6 PM PT. This could be big for Kaleb's development, as he'll get experience facing a different kind of big.
Kaleb Tarczewski's inclusion on @usabasketball Pan American Games team good experience going against foreign big men who stray from hoop— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) July 12, 2015
He's the second Arizona player to compete for the U.S. in International competition this year. Allonzo Trier participated in the U19 tournament, coming home with a gold medal. Arizona commit T.J. Leaf is about to play in the U18 tournament as a member of team Israel.
Congrats to Kaleb on being named to the team, and for having his height fixed on the official team roster.