It has not been announced yet, but here’s the U.S. AIA team roster I obtained from a friend of mine. AIA won the 2006 Jones Cup and finished for the 6th place last year under head coach Mike Jarvis, who now coaches the Florida Atlantic University.
After taking the first look at the roster, I think this is probably the strongest team the AIA has ever sent to Taiwan. And once again, it was led by a controversial coach as Dave Bliss was involved in the so-called scandal in Baylor University back in 2003.
Everyone needs a fresh start though. Here I’m hoping Taiwan can be the starting line for Bliss’ career — although he’s not likely to have another chance to coach the Division I team again.
Athletes in Action roster for 2008 William Jones Cup
Head coach: Dave Bliss
Assistants: Nick Graham (Washington St.), Phil Bollier (Mill Creek HS, GA)
(Name, DOB, Ht./Wt., School)
Dane Brumagin 1986.8.9 193/88 UMKC 17.1p+4.8rb
Da’Sean Butler 1988.1.25 201/102 West Virginia 12.9p+6.2rb
Jamel McLean 1988.4.18 205/107 Xavier (redshirt, Tulsa transfer)
Marcus Kitts 1989.1.31 206/95 William & Mary 2.4p
Laval Lucas-Perry 1989.3.15 186/88 Michigan 4p
Stephen McDowell 1985.7.19 185/82 Chattanooga 14.3p
Wellington Smith 197.5.1 201/97 West Virginia 5.2p+3.8rb
Brett Winkelman 1986.1.30 202/100 North Dakota State 19.2p+8.3rb
Benjamin Woodside 1985.7.1 186/84 North Dakota State 20.7p+5.1a
Manny Harris 1989.9.21 195/82 Michigan 16.1p+4.2rb
You can also read the full roster here (Brumagin Selected To U.S. Jones Cup Team). One thing to note though – Michigan’s Manny Harris was not on the list I obtained.