Dorsey Named A Finalist For USA Pan American Squad Sunday
July 15, 2007
HAVERFORD, Pa. - University of Memphis' Joey Dorsey has been named one of 14 finalists to represent Team USA at 2007 Pan American Games, USA Basketball announced Sunday. The announcement was made following the team trials, which were held July 12-14 at Haverford College. The team will be cut to 12 players prior to leaving for the Pan American basketball competition, which is scheduled for 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.
Joining Dorsey among the finalists for the 2007 Pan Am team are: Texas A&M's Josh Carter, North Carolina's Wayne Ellington, Vanderbilt's Shan Foster, Maryland's James Gist, Georgetown's Roy Hibbert, Oregon's Marty Leunen and Bryce Taylor, Washington State's Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver, VCU's Eric Maynor, Michigan State's Drew Neitzel, Villanova's Scottie Reynolds and Indiana's D.J. White.
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 and CBSSportsline.com's summer polls, 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.