In 2011, the U.S. takes its talents to Shenzhen, China. What are the chances our collegiate men's national team improves its sterling historical record? It's hard to say just yet. But as the AP story linked above revealed Sunday night, Team USA is on the verge of its final roster cuts. On Sunday, the U.S. cut six players and kept 14, who will battle for the final 12 roster spots this week. The full list:
The qualms are hard to find, though it's difficult to imagine how English, Middleton and Shurna couldn't have helped a team preparing to play international competition. English is a small forward with shooting guard skills. Middleton is a versatile, rangy stretch forward who can do a lot of the things you tend to need in international play. Shurna in particular -- whose game consists of rapid-fire 3-point shooting and angled backcuts to the rim -- seems perfect for international competition.
Alas, the team as currently composed still looks very tough, and it should get plenty of shooting from the likes of Jenkins, Napier, Denmon and Gibbs. Of course, that assumes all four players will make the final roster. Until then, we won't be exactly sure what this team will look like. But as of now, it's shaping up to be a pretty tough batch of collegiate ballers.