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July 18, 2007 at 9:01 PM

Brockman says no hard feelings

Jon Brockman was back in Seattle today after his weekend at the Pan American tryouts in Haverford, Pa.
And while he said he was “a little shocked. A little surprised” that he was cut from the team, he expressed no lingering resentment.
“I knew that nothing was a sure lock and there were some great players there,” he said. “It wasn’t totally out of nowhere (to be cut) but I would have loved to have made the team.”
It’s already been a big topic on this board how Brockman didn’t make the team while Oregon’s Maarty Leunen did. The two are each power forwards in name, but their games are different, with Leunen better on the perimeter, which probably made the difference in this case.
“That’s just the way it is, I guess,” Brockman said of Leunen’s selection. “I guess he brought something that I didn’t bring.”
Some on here have wondered if the presence of Oregon coach Ernie Kent on the selection committee might have made a difference.
Brockman said “it could have had something to do with it. It could not have. Who knows?”
Even if it did, however, Brockman said he has no ill will toward anybody.
“I’m not holding a grudge against Ernie Kent or Maarty Leunen,” Brockman said. “Especially not Maarty Leunen or Bryce Taylor (an Oregon guard who was also at the tryouts). They didn’t (select) the team and they had good tryouts and played well and were great players.
“The only motivation I will take from it is to keep working hard and hopefully I will have another opportunity to try out for another USA Basketball team.”
Brockman said he thought he played about as well as he could have, saying he thought he showed a better perimeter game than he has in the past.
“I shot the ball pretty well at the tryouts,” he said. “I hit a three-pointer and I kind of felt a lot more comfortable on the wing as well as on the inside. I’m just working hard at it, getting a lot of shots up and dribbling. Maybe not making the team and being able to come home and get some more individual work will benefit me.”
Brockman also said he thought he held his own against one of the more well-known players at the tryouts — Georgetown center Roy Hibbert.
“I thought I played really well against him,” Brockman said. “I was able to get low on him and push out his hip and just kind of use my quickness around him. It was a good gauge playing against those guys just because they are the best, and you see where you are as a player.”
While the Huskies, Ducks and Cougars are all big rivals, Brockman said that the players from those teams actually all stuck together pretty closely during the tryouts.
“The Pac-10 guys, we kind of hung together as far as eating meals and that knd of stuff,” he said. “We all kind of laughed a lot and joked with each other about the times we’ve played against each other.”



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