COLORADO SRINGS, CO – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association and U.S. Men’s Head Coach, Robb Taylor, have announced the final roster for the 2022 Toyota Team USA Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team for the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) Americas Cup. This selection was made at the conclusion of the 2022 Toyota Team USA Men’s Selection Camp hosted June 9-11 at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.
Robb Taylor, U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach, shares his thoughts at the conclusion of selection camp, “I am pleased with the effort put forth by all athletes during this selection camp, their effort made the final decision on selection a difficult one for me and my staff.”
This final roster will attend the 2022 IWBF America’s Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 9-19, 2022. The 2022 America’s Cup, hosted by IWBF Americas, will serve as the qualifier for the 2022 IWBF World Championships taking place November 16-27, 2022, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. For the men’s division of 2022 America’s Cup there will be eight teams competing for one of the four team spots available for the IWBF World Championships.
Coach Taylor shares his thoughts on the U.S. Men’s National Team roster for the 2022 Americas Cup, “I am excited to be taking this group of 12 athletes to Brazil that will work to accomplish our initial team goal of qualifying for Worlds.”
The roster includes three athletes from the gold medal winning U.S. Men’s team from the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics this past summer. Joining these Paralympians are a few athletes with past U.S. Senior and Under 23 National Teams experience. The young roster includes a few athletes that have been named to their first U.S. roster.
Brian Bell (Birmingham, AL) brings the most U.S. experience to the roster and is coming off defending a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Bell first won gold with the U.S. Men’s team at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Bell looks to have the opportunity for another podium finish at the IWBF World Championships having been a member of the silver medal winning U.S. Men’s team at this event in 2014 and 2018. Bell is also a gold medalist from the 2015 and 2019 Parapan American Games.
Both Jorge Sanchez (Oakland, CA) and John Boie (Milton, WI) return to the roster after making their Paralympic debuts in a successful 2020 campaign, winning a gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. Boie and Sanchez also…