Nigel Hayes Heading to Pan American Games Training Camp


Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes has been invited and will attend training camp with USA Basketball ahead of the 2015 Pan American Games.

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Practice kicks off this week at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado; the Pan Am Games are set for July 21-25 in Toronto, Canada.

Coaching a group of 16 current collegians and six players who have played professionally will be Gonzaga’s Mark Few. Colorado’s Tad Boyle and NBA coach Mike Brown will serve as assistant coaches. Jason Flanigan (Holmes Community College), Ron Hunter (Georgia State) and Mark Turgeon (Maryland) will assist the training as court coaches.

Only 12 of the 22 players at the camp will be selected for team USA, so Hayes will have his work cut out for him.

Also heading to training camp are (courtesy

Ron BakerG6-422022Wichita State University (2016)Scott City, KS
Malcolm BrogdonG6-521722University of Virginia (2016)Atlanta, GA
Bobby BrownG6-217530Dongguan Leopards (China)Los Angeles, CA
Isaiah CousinsG6-419221University of Oklahoma (2016)Mount Vernon, NY
Micah DownsF6-820028Avtodor Saratov (Russia)Bothell, WA
Kellen DunhamG6-618522Butler University (2016)Pendleton, IN
Rico GathersF6-827521Baylor University (2016)LaPlace, LA
Isaac HaasC7-229719Purdue University (2018)Hokes Bluff, AL
Nigel HayesF6-823520University of Wisconsin (2017)Toledo, OH
Malcolm HillG6-623019University of Illinois (2018)Fairview Heights, IL
Ryan HollinsC7-024030Sacramento KingsPasadena, CA
Keith LangfordG6-419831UNICS Kazan (Russia)Fort Worth, TX
Shawn LongF6-824522University of Louisiana (2016)Morgan City, LA
Monte’ MorrisG6-217020Iowa State University (2017)Flint, MI
Taurean PrinceF6-721520Baylor University (2016)San Antonio, TX
Anthony RandolphF6-1122526Lokomotiv-Kuban (Russia)Pasadena, CA
Joshua ScottF6-1024522University of Colorado (2016)Monument, CO
Kaleb TarczewskiC7-024522University of Arizona (2016)Monument, CO
Romelo TrimbleG6-217520University of Maryland (2018)Upper Marlboro, MD
Denzel ValentineG6-522021Michigan State University (2016)Lansing, MI
Fred Van VleetG6-019521Wichita State University (2016)Rockford, IL
Damien WilkinsF6-622535Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico)Orlando, FL

The team will be determined following the training camp.

The Pan Am Games uses an eight-team tournament to decide the winner. Teams are split into two pools of four teams for round-robin play, with the top two teams in each group advancing to a single elimination tournament.

USA is in group A, and will play against Brazil, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. The U.S. will open play against Venezuela 8 p.m. (central time) July 21, then play Puerto Rico at 8 p.m. July 22, before finishing group play against Brazil at 8 p.m. July 23.

Should team USA advance, round one of the single-elimination tournament takes place July 24, with the championship and runner-up games July 25.

In the last Pan Am Games — in 2011 — a pair of Badgers helped USA take the bronze medal. Both Brian Butch and Greg Stiemsma played on the team as team USA defeated the Dominican Republic in the third place game.

Nigel Hayes is hoping to make it another year of a Badger playing in the Pan Am Games, and will need to have a strong showing in training camp to make it happen.

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