Wichita State seniors Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet survived the first cut of hopefuls for the U.S. basketball team that will compete later this month in the Pan American Games.
Baker and VanVleet were among 16 who advanced. Cuts were made after four practices. The roster must be trimmed by four players, and it’s expected the roster will be announced no later than Sunday. The U.S. team will train in Chicago next week before going to Toronto for the Pan American Games, which begin July 21.
Also among those advancing to the next round of practices was former Kansas guard Keith Langford, who last played for the Jayhawks in 2005. Langford played professionally last season in Russia.
Other college players advancing were Virginia’s Malcom Brogdon, Oklahoma’s Isaiah Cousins, Butler’s Kellen Dunham, Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes, Louisiana-Lafayette’s Shawn Long, Baylor’s Taurean Prince, Arizona’s Kaleb Tarczewski, Maryland’s Romelo Trimble and Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine.
Other professional players advancing were Bobby Brown (China), Ryan Hollins (Sacramento Kings), Anthony Randolph (Russia) and Damien Wilkins (Puerto Rico).
The five players cut from the roster were Iowa State’s Monte’ Morris, Baylor’s Rico Gathers, Purdue’s Issac Haas, Illinois’ Malcolm Hill and Colorado’s Josh Scott.