Posted: Jun 5, 2013 10:36 PM by Ashley Colley
Updated: Jun 5, 2013 10:35 PM
COLUMBIA -- After a week of tryouts at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Mizzou's Carter Arey is now a part of Team USA. Arey was named one of 20 that made the first round of cuts for the 2013 USA Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team.
"Coach walked in with a list in his hand and said thanks for all the hardwork and everything. He started listing it off and in my head I was counting to see how many players and I ended up being like 17th or 18th called." Arey said, "When you hear you are one of the best in the United States...you know I've heard it from Coach Lykins but he's my coach and I'm well adjusted to him. Sometimes when someone else says something it comes off differently. Well someone else said you guys are the best in the United States and it just gave me complete chills."
Now, Arey will go to four different training camps across the country throughout June. The first camp is set for June 12-16 in Omaha. The team will then be cut down to 12 by July 1 with the rest being named alternatives. The final 12 will compete in Bogota, Colombia from August 4-11 in the America's Zone World Qualifier.
Arey said, "The night that I made it - we had a roommate and it was kind of a dorm style roommate. His name was Joe Chambers and that's the biggest, baddest dude in wheelchair basketball so it was a quiet night for me the first night I met him. He ended up to be the nicest dude ever but the night I made the team, he gave me one of his hats that he's worn for awhile I thought was beyond cool. This is probably arguably the biggest name in basketball just gave me a present for making my first Team USA team and he said the first time he made a USA team he got a present from a veteran so he carried that on to me and I thought that was pretty cool."
Former Mizzou wheelchair basketball player John Gilbert was also named to the list of 20.