Dorsey Invited To Pan American Games Team USA Trials
June 4, 2007
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of Memphis' Joey Dorsey has been selected as one of 30 collegians to battle for 15 roster spots on the 2007 Pan American Games team, USA Basketball announced Monday. The Pan American team trials are scheduled to be held at Haverford College (Pa.) July 12-15, with the Pan American basketball competition to follow July 25-29 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Dorsey, a rising senior on the Tiger basketball squad, was the 2006-07 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and also garnered All-Conference USA first team honors. The 6-foot-9 forward led the team in both rebounding with a 9.4 average and field goal percentage at 61.4 percent. He ranked among the Conference USA leaders in rebounding (1st), field goal percentage (2nd), steals (10th) and blocked shots (2nd).
The 2006-07 C-USA All-Defensive Team selection also averaged 8.5 points and blocked 81 shots. The 81 blocks are the second most for a single season in Tiger hoops history. The Baltimore, Md., native grabbed double-digit rebounds 20 times in 2006-07, and Memphis had an 18-2 record in those contests.
Dorsey enters the 2007-08 campaign on the Memphis career charts for rebounding (No. 7), field goal percentage (No. 1) and blocked shots (No. 5). He needs 264 points and 153 boards to become only the fifth player in Tiger basketball history to score 1,000 points and pull down 1,000 rebounds in a career.
Other regional players joining Dorsey at the trials are Tennessee's Chris Lofton, Vanderbilt's Shan Foster and Alabama's Richard Hendrix.
Villanova's Jay Wright will serve as the Team USA Pan American head coach. Alabama's Mark Gottfried and Yale's James Jones will be the team's assistant coaches. For more information on the Pan American Games team, go to www.usabasketball.com.
Dorsey is one of five starters returning for the Tigers in 2007-08. Memphis, ranked No. 1 in ESPN.com's summer poll, posted a 33-4 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for a second-consecutive year in 2006-07. The Tigers won the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles, and became the first team in Conference USA history to go undefeated in the league's regular season (16-0 C-USA record) and also claim the tournament title.