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.

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