Former LSU basketball player Anthony Randolph named to U.S. Pan Am Games team _lowres

Advocate staff photo by Mark Saltz Shot on Mar. 5, 2008. LSU Men Hoops LSU's Anthony Randolph

Former LSU basketball player Anthony Randolph was named Sunday to the 12-man team that will represent the United States in the Pan American Games, which are being held in Toronto, Canada.

Randolph was among the players who were picked Sunday from a roster of 16 finalists after the final practice for the Pan Am competition that will begin July 21.

Randolph, who played at LSU for one season in 2007-08, plays for the Lokomotiv team in Russia. He was chosen with the 14th pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors and went on to play six seasons in the league with Golden State, Denver, Minnesota and New York. He appeared in 252 games, averaging 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds for his career.

In his one season at LSU, Randolph averaged 15.6 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.3 blocks per game. He was the only LSU player to start all 31 games that season and ranked third in the Southeastern Conference in rebounding and blocked shots, 12th in scoring and had nine double-doubles. He was named a Freshman All-America by and was a member of the SEC’s All-Freshman team.

The U.S. men’s team will compete in Group A in the Pan Am Games. In preliminary action, the U.S. will face Venezuela on July 21, Puerto Rico on July 22 and Brazil on July 23 with all three games starting at 8 p.m. CDT.

The top two teams from each preliminary-round group will advance to the medal-round semifinals on July 24, while the third and fourth-placed teams will play for fifth through eighth place. Semifinal winners will compete for the gold medal on July 25, and the semifinal losers will play for bronze.