Last night, the United States men’s national team announced the eighteen players selected for the team following a selection camp. Selection is an important first step for players hoping to be on the team that competes at this year’s Parapan American Games in Toronto, and for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio.
Players making the cut include Steve Serio, Brian Bell , Josh Turek, Nate Hinze, Treyvon Jenifer , Ryan Neiswender, Jake Williams, Paul Schulte , Jeremy Lade, Will Waller , Jared Arambula, Mike Paye, Aaron Gouge, Ian Lynch , Jermel Pennie, Carter Arey, John Gilbert , and Matt Scott.
Paye is a 3 point player who was a member of the United States side at last year’s worlds. He was named the best 3 point player of the competition. He ranked eighteenth in the tournament in total assists, with 25 and was a key component in Team USA second place finish. He was back on the team after missing the 2012 Summer Paralympics, and has been one of the most consistent scoring threats for Team USA since the early 2000s.
Serio is a returning member from the United States world championship team, who finished the tournament as the best 3.5 point player. He finished the tournament ranked seventh on free throws made, going 18 for 24 at the line. He was second in the competition with total assists with 62. On the defensive side of the ball, he was a rebounding machine, finishing the tournament ranked fourteenth with 60. He ranked seventh in the tournament in total steals with 15. His contributions on the offense and defense were a critical component insuring the USA’s success in finishing second.
Bell is one of the returning members from last year’s world championship team, where he was one of the team’s leading scorers. The Birmingham, Alabama native played with Cantú in the Pro Italian League in 2013. Lynch is a 1 point player and finished in the top ten at last year’s IWBF men’s world championships for 1 point scorers. He is joined on the team by Gilbert, another 1 point player who also competed at the world championships.
San Diego based Wolfpack Wheelchair Basketball team members Anthony McDaniel Jr. and Jorge Salazar, the only two USA military veterans at camp, did not make the cut.