With the basketball competition at the Pan-American Games scheduled to begin July 21, the eight participating teams are beginning to announce their 12-member rosters for the event. Wednesday afternoon the Dominican Republic revealed its roster, and two current college players made the cut and will compete for a medal in Toronto.
Seton Hall forward Angel Delgado and USF guard Nehemias Morillo are among the 12 players on the roster, with both looking to use the event as a springboard into the 2015-16 season.
Delgado was the Big East’s best freshman a season ago, as he won the conference’s Rookie of the Year award after averaging 9.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest. Delgado and fellow sophomores Isaiah Whitehead and Khadeen Carrington will be asked to lead the way for the Pirates, who add grad student Derrick Gordon to the rotation after losing Sterling Gibbs (now a grad student at UConn).
As for Morillo, he’s coming off of a junior season in which he averaged 10.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Including Morillo, USF will return its top four scorers from a season ago with Corey Allen Jr. and Chris Perry both having their seasons shortened due to injury.
The Dominican Republic is competing in Group A in Toronto, with hosts Canada, Argentina and Mexico being the other teams in the group. They’ll open up with Canada, whose roster hasn’t been announced as of yet, July 21. Among the players trying out for Canada’s Pan-Am Games squad are current collegians Dillon Brooks (Oregon), Jamal Murray (Kentucky) and Kyle Wiltjer (Gonzaga).
South Florida gets transfer guard from Big Ten program
South Florida added an experienced guard on Sunday as Penn State transfer Geno Thorpe committed to the Bulls. The 6-foot-3 Thorpe will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer regulations, but he’ll have two seasons of eligibility remaining to make an impact in the AAC.
A native of Pittsburgh, Thorpe appeared in 34 games during the 2014-15 season and played 24.3 minutes per game. Thorpe averaged 8.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game for the Nittany Lions while his shooting percentage dipped to 39 percent from the field. While Thorpe has struggled as a 3-point shooter at the college level — shooting 30 percent in both seasons at Penn State — he did improve a lot from the free-throw line as a sophomore, increasing his percentage to 83 percent from 69 percent as a freshman.
Head coach Orlando Antigua has hit the transfer market hard to bring talent into South Florida. Besides Thorpe, South Florida has also landed Maryland transfer Roddy Peters and Gonzaga transfer Angel Nunez in the last few months.
South Florida commit Troy Baxter posterizes opponent at NBPA Top 100 Camp (VIDEO)
On the first day of May, 6-foot-9 small forward Troy Baxter made the decision to end his recruitment, as he became the first member of the South Florida head coach Orlando Antigua’s 2016 recruiting class. The Florida native has been lauded for his ability on the defensive end, and his athleticism was also on display during the first day of the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Receiving a pass on the baseline, Baxter took a drop step towards the rim and threw down an emphatic one-handed dunk on 2017 center Nick Richards. Richards will have opportunities to return the favor, as the camp runs through Saturday.