Carter One Step Closer To Pan Am Games

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HAVERFORD, Pa.- Texas A&M guard Josh Carter is among the 14 finalists for the 2007 USA Pan American Games men’s basketball team announced Sunday by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee.

USA Basketball conducted five trials sessions last week at Haverford College.

Carter earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore last season after averaging 11.8 points per game. He led the nation in three-point shooting percentage, making 50.0 percent. Carter is the first A&M men's basketball player to participate in the Pan American Games.

Joining Carter on the roster are Joey Dorsey (Memphis), Wayne Ellington (North Carolina), Shan Foster (Vanderbilt), James Gist (Maryland), Roy Hibbert (Georgetown), Maarty Leunen (Oregon), Derrick Low (Washington State), Eric Maynor (Virginia Commonwealth), Drew Neitzel (Michigan State), Scottie Reynolds (Villanova), Bryce Taylor (Oregon), Kyle Weaver (Washington State) and D.J. White (Indiana).

"This was definitely the most difficult choice we’ve ever had to make, but I just love this group, USA and Villavova Head Coach Jay Wright said. "I think we have great options. We’ve got shooters, we’ve got penetrators, we’ve got size, we’ve got post people. It’s just a really diverse group that has great personality and I think the committee did a great job of putting together a really strong team."

Wright is being assisted on the USA bench by University of Alabama Head Coach Mark Gottfried and Yale Head Coach James Jones.

USA Pan American Games Team training will continue through Wednesday at Haverford College and from Thursday to Saturday at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

The official 12-member USA Pan American Games squad will compete in the 2007 Pan American Games July 25-29 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

The United States has been placed in preliminary round Group A along with Argentina, Panama and Uruguay. Group B consists of Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. opens preliminary play July 25 against Uruguay, then meets Panama on July 26 before closing preliminary round action against Argentina on July 27. Semifinals will be played on July 28 with the finals on July 29.

The Pan American Games, held every four years in the year prior to the Olympics and organized by the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO), is a multi-sport competition open to men and women representing countries from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean.