Future Canisius College men's basketball player Chris Manhertz (Bronx, N.Y.) was recently named to the Team USA roster for the 25th Albert Schweitzer Basketball Tournament, which will take place April 3-10 in Manheim, Germany.
Currently a senior at Cardinal Spellman High School, Manhertz will be joining 11 other American-born players and former Milwaukee Bucks head coach Larry Krystkowiak in what is considered by many as one of the premier junior-level basketball tournaments in the world. Since its inception in 1958, the United States teams have claimed 10 Schweitzer Tournament crowns, but have not won a title at the event in the last 10 years.
Some of the notable names that have played for Team USA in the Schweitzer event are Magic Johnson, Vince Carter and Tim Duncan. This year's event will feature 16 teams from around the world broken into four separate pools for the preliminary round of action. The US team's first game will be against Croatia on Saturday, April 3.
"Anytime you can compete in a high-level tournament like that, it's going to be beneficial to a player's development," Canisius head coach Tom Parrotta said. "He'll experience things that not every high school player gets to, and taking part in big games like this does nothing but help prepare players for game action at the next level."
The Golden Griffins went 15-17 overall last season and 8-10 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. The 15 wins are the most for the program since 2000-01. The Blue and Gold will return nine letterwinners and four starters for the 2010-11 campaign.