Gonzaga has long been a staple of International basketball, with the Zags continuing being a prominent location for the top talent around the world. This presence will be even more visible the next few days, as the Zags will have key representation at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.
Mark Few isn't a stranger to USA Basketball, as he has featured on numerous coaching staffs at the International level. However, the Pan Am games will be his his highest profile opportunity so far, as he is the head coach of the USA team. This team features top college talent, such as Melo Trimble from Maryland, as well as some NBA guys. The USA is actually on the court at this moment, as they kick off their tournament against Venezuela.
Kyle Wiltjer will be on the court at the Pan Am games, as he is one of three collegiate players to make the final roster for Team Canada. This will be another great opportunity for Wiltjer, who shined during his time at the Nike camp earlier this summer. In the opening game of the tournament, Wiltjer chipped in two points in very limited playing time, as Canada coasted to a win. This whole experience should only help build confidence for the talented big man heading into his senior year.
Former Zag, JP Batista, is representing the Brazilian national team in this tournament. Since graduating from Gonzaga, Batista has had an outstanding career in Europe and playing for Brazil. In their opening game, Batista scored six points and grabbed 11 boards to help lead his country to the win.
We will keep you updated on all Gonzaga-related results coming out of Toronto over the next four days.