Francisco Cruz better known as "Paco" is a native of Nogales, Mexico and now will have an opportunity to represent his country on the basketball court. The senior 6-3 guard has been invited to tryout for Mexico's World University Games roster. The tryouts are a three step process that starts today in Mexico City.
The top 60 Mexican players will workout from June 24th to the 30th to asses the grou. Afterwards the roster is trimmed to down to the top 18 players. That group will train in Mexico for three weeks and play four games to determine the final team. That final roster consists of twelve players and three reserves who will play against other national teams from July 27-30 in Chihuahua, Mexico.
The final roster will then compete in the World University Games take place in Shenzhen, China and last from August 13-23rd.
The World University Games are organized by the International University Sports Federation and are held every other year. The games are open to men and women between the ages of 17 and 24, who have been a college student within the past year.
Cruz came to Wyoming last year after spending his first two years at Western Nebraska Community College. As a junior Cruz averaged 10 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He appeared in all 31 games for Wyoming last year and started 30. He was by far the best three point shooter on the team by hitting 49 shots with a 37% average.
The most memorable moment of his first year in Laramie was a last second game winning shot over New Mexico. He was falling backwards but drained the buzzer beater to give Wyoming the 67-66 victory. The shot was one of the top plays on Sportscenter that night.
Best of luck to Paco as he works for that coveted roster spot. Would be a great way to represent Wyoming and his country this summer.