Purdue’s Isaac Hayes Listed On Pan American Games Initial Basketball Roster

USA Basketball released the roster for the 2015 United States Pan American Men’s Basketball Team last week, consisting of 22 players. Ultimately, that list will be cut down to 16, which will then compete in Toronto from July 21-25 at the Ryerson Athletic Centre for a gold medal at the Pan American Games.

The 22 roster invites include: Ron Baker (Wichita State), Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia), Bobby Brown (Dongguan Leopards, China), Isaiah Cousins (Oklahoma), Micah Downs (Avtodor Saratov, Russia), Kellen Dunham (Butler), Rico Gathers (Baylor), Isaac Haas (Purdue), Nigel Hayes (Wisconsin), Malcolm Hill (Illinois), Ryan Hollins (Sacramento Kings), Keith Langford (UNICS Kazan, Russia), Shawn Long (Louisiana), Monte Morris (Iowa State), Taurean Prince (Baylor), Anthony Randolph (Lokomotiv-Kuban, Russia), Joshua Scott (Colorado), Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona), Melo Trimble (Maryland), Denzel Valentine (Michigan State), Fred Van Vleet (Wichita State) and Damien Wilkins (Indios de Mayaguez, Puerto Rico). The coaching staff is led by Gonzaga’s head coach, Mark Few, and also consists of Tad Boyle from Colorado and Mike Brown.

Purdue fans can see Haas play for the first time since his freshman season as a Boilermaker. Haas averaged 7.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.3 assists for the club last season, creating a twin tower effect alongside seven-foot center A.J. Hammons. Purdue’s success next season will be determined by their defensive effort, mainly anchored by Hammons and Haas.

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The United States is joined by Brazil, Puerto Rico and Venezuela to create Group A. Meanwhile, Argentina, Canada, Dominican Republic and Mexico comprise Group B. Puerto Rico took home the gold in the last Pan American games in 2011, finishing ahead of Mexico, who won the silver, and the United States, who finished third with a bronze medal.

Since 1951, American teams have been some of the most successful at the Pan American Games. Hosted every four years, the United States has accumulated eight gold, three silver and two bronze medals, and an overall record of 87-15.

Previous locations of the tournament were Guadalajara in 2011, Rio de Janeiro in 2007 and Santo Domingo in 2003. The games were last held in Canada in 1991, when it was in Winnipeg.