A three-day United States men’s wheelchair basketball team wraps up later today at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. The camp is part of the selection process for the team that will go to the Rio Games in September. There will be two more selection camps before the final Rio squad is announced in July.
Players at camp and vying to make the squad include Jared Arambula, Ryan Neiswender, Michael Paye, Steve Serio, Jermell Pennie, Nate Hinze, Jorge Sanchez, Jeremy Lade, Kevin Grant, John Boie, Trevon Jenifer, Matt Scott, Brian Bell, Aaron Gouge, James Moceri Jr., and Jake Williams.
The competitiveness and depth the United States has can been seen on the court. Most players have several years of international experience, either as members of the United States national team or playing professional club basketball overseas. Only one player in Colorado Springs has less than three years of international experience. All of this makes the United States a potential gold medal favorite in Rio, if they can get past the other favorite, Australia.