Nivins, Reynolds going to tryouts

The St. Joe's junior and 'Nova soph are among 30 vying for the U.S.'s Pan Am team.

Posted: June 05, 2007

St. Joseph's junior Ahmad Nivins and Villanova sophomore Scottie Reynolds have accepted invitations to try out for the USA men's basketball Pan American Games team trials at Haverford College from July 12 to 14.

Nivins, a 6-foot-9 center, and Reynolds, a 6-2 guard, will be among 30 of the nation's top college players at the tryout. The 2007 Pan American Games will take place in Rio de Janeiro from July 25 to 29. The 12-member U.S. team will be coached by Villanova's Jay Wright.

Nivins led St. Joe's by averaging 16.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and was voted first-team all-Atlantic Ten Conference last season. He shot 63.1 percent from the field.

Reynolds was named Big East Conference rookie of the year after averaging 14.8 points and making 64 three-point baskets as a freshman.

Among the other players hoping to land a spot on the Team USA roster are North Carolina's Wayne Ellington, a sophomore guard from Episcopal Academy, and North Carolina State forward Brandan Costner, son of former St. Joe's star Tony Costner.

Also trying out for the team are: Jon Brockman (Washington), Brian Butch (Wisconsin), Josh Carter (Texas A&M), Mario Chalmers (Kansas), Sherron Collins (Kansas), Eric Devendorf (Syracuse), Joey Dorsey (Memphis), Randal Falker (Southern Illinois), Shan Foster (Vanderbilt), Alonzo Gee (Alabama), James Gist (Maryland), Richard Hendrix (Alabama), Roy Hibbert (Georgetown), Maarty Leunen (Oregon), Chris Lofton (Tennessee), Derrick Low (Washington State), Wesley Matthews (Marquette), Eric Maynor (Virginia Commonwealth), Jerel McNeal (Marquette), Tasmin Mitchell (LSU), Drew Neitzel (Michigan State), DeMarcus Nelson (Duke), Jon Scheyer (Duke), Bryce Taylor (Oregon), Kyle Weaver (Washington State), and D.J. White (Indiana).

The selections for the trials were made by the USA Basketball men's collegiate committee, chaired by Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. Alabama coach Mark Gottfried and Yale coach James Jones will assist Wright.


Contact staff writer Ray Parrillo at 215-854-2743 or rparrillo@phillynews.com.

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