Dorsey, Team USA Begin Quest For Gold At Pan Am Games Wednesday
U.S. opens pool play versus Uruguay on Wednesday at 8 p.m. (CT)
July 24, 2007
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - University of Memphis' Joey Dorsey and his 2007 Pan American Games teammates have been practicing the past week, and on Wednesday, Team USA's quest for the gold begins. The U.S. Pan Am Games team opens pool play Wednesday at 8 p.m. (CT) against Uruguay.
Argentina and Panama are the other two teams in Team USA's pool play. The U.S. faces Panama Thursday at 5:45 p.m. (CT) and meets Argentina Friday at 5:45 p.m. (CT). The other pool includes Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The top two teams from each group advances to the medal round, setting up the championship bracket semifinals for Saturday at 1:00 and 3:15 p.m. (CT). The championship game is set for 9 a.m. (CT).
The 2007 U.S. team is attempting to win the country's first Pan American Games gold medal since 1983. Team USA earned the silver in 1987, 1995 and 1999, the bronze in 1991 and placed fourth in 2003.The United States' overall record in Pan Am competition is 81-11.
Joining Dorsey on the 2007 Pan Am team are: North Carolina's Wayne Ellington, Vanderbilt's Shan Foster, Maryland's James Gist, Georgetown's Roy Hibbert, Oregon's Marty Leunen, Washington State's Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver, VCU's Eric Maynor, Michigan State's Drew Neitzel, Villanova's Scottie Reynolds and Indiana's D.J. White.
Villanova's Jay Wright is the Team USA Pan American head coach. Alabama's Mark Gottfried and Yale's James Jones are the team's assistant coaches. For more information on the Pan American Games team, go to www.usabasketball.com.