CORPUS CHRISTI – Former Texas A&M – Corpus Christi men's basketball player Chris Daniels is one of the 15 players selected as a finalist for the 2011 USA Men's Basketball Pan American Games Team.
The finalists underwent five training sessions held from Oct. 14-16 and will continue training in Tulsa, Okla., through Oct. 22. The USA's official 12-man USA team will be announced before the team's departure for the Pan American Games held in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Of the eight teams featured in the men's competition, the USA men were drawn into Group B for the Games and are joined by Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay. The U.S. men open preliminary round play Oct. 26 against the Dominican Republic, then face defending Pan Am Games champion Brazil on Oct. 27 and conclude preliminary play with Uruguay on Oct. 28. Semifinals action will be played Oct. 29 and the finals will be contested on Oct. 30.
Throughout Daniels' Islanders basketball career (2004-08) he set school records in field goals made (537), field goal attempts (949), blocks (170) and points (1,407). He also holds the single-season record in blocks (53), and led the Islanders to their lone Southland Conference title in 2007, when he was named the league's Player of the Year.
Daniels has played professionally in Puerto Rico and South Korea since wrapping up his Islanders career. He averaged 15.2 points and 8.8 rebounds for KCC Egis in 2010-11.