Saturday, August 13, 2011

McCallum, USA Open Play with Win over Mexico

SHENZHEN, China--  University of Detroit Mercy sophomore Ray McCallum scored five points and had two rebounds to go with a pair of assists in 11 minutes as the United States cruised to a 108-67 win over Mexico in the first game of pool play at the 2011 World University Games.  The Americans had five players in double digits, led by Ashton Gibbs' 20-point effort.

USA Basketball announced Saturday that many of the World University Games, including USA basketball games, can be seen live via a webstream at  Follow the prompts at that link to create a login prior to viewing.

USA will play Hungary Sunday at 3:30 a.m. (Eastern time) as pool play continues.  Check this link at for all the updates on Ray McCallum at the 2011 WUGs. 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Picture Day at USA Basketball

UDM sophomore Ray McCallum and his USA teammates took their team and individual photos in preparation for heading to China to compete in the 2011 World University Games.  The Americans will embark overseas on Monday  before a few final training sessions in Colorado Springs, Colo.  Here are a few pics sent back from Ray via his twitter account (@RayMac3)  well as USA Basketball (@usabasketball) and he'll provide some videos for us very soon and we'll post those in the coming days.

To those inquiring on how we can watch the USA squad from the States as they compete in China-- we hope to have an answer soon on television and/or Internet streaming options.  We'll be sure to update you here as well as on the

Thursday, August 4, 2011

He Made It!

Congratulations are definitely in order for Ray McCallum for making the final 12-man USA Basketball World University Games roster.  The University of Detroit Mercy sophomore was a late addition to the original list of players invited to the training camp... but he made the most of his time in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Following grueling practices and spirited competition between the guys, McCallum advanced to the final 14 players a few days ago and found out late Wednesday night that he would be headed to China with the Americans.

"Last night we had practice from 11-2 and we were curious if they would made cuts, because the women's team did that morning," McCallum said when asked how the process worked Wednesday.  "We all went bowling together and we got back at about 10:00 p.m. Mountain time.  They told us then they would make cuts and for us to go to our rooms.  They finalized the team and everyone was nervous.  I'm just honored and blessed to be part of USA Basketball."

He is the youngest player on the final roster, but he's made and strengthened some friendships through the process.

"We are starting to come together," McCallum said of the final group.  "We're good friends and we're learning alot from our three coaches.  They are getting the best out of us."

We'll keep tabs on Ray's journey, check this link at for updated info, clips and related links.  Be sure to become a fan of Tommy Titan on facebook and follow Detroit Titans on twitter for updates.