COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association and the High Performance Selection Committee have announced the final roster for the Toyota USA Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team for the 2022 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) World Championships. This selection was made at the conclusion of the 2023 Toyota USA Men’s Team Selection Camp hosted April 5-9 at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.
The final roster will attend the rescheduled 2022 IWBF World Championships which will be held in Dubai on June 9-20, 2023. Team USA is slated to compete in ‘Group D’ of the men’s competition at the IWBF World Championships, click here to view the complete competition schedule for IWBF World Championships.
The roster includes eight athletes from the gold-medal winning U.S. Men’s team from the 2022 Americas Cup (zonal qualifier) that was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 9-19, 2022. The roster also includes seven athletes from the gold medal winning U.S. Men’s team from the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Robb Taylor, U.S. Men’s National team Head Coach, shares his thoughts at the conclusion of selection camp: “Overall, this roster includes a strong nucleolus of athletes with playing experience at major international events and a few that are continuing to earn their "Stars and Stripes" playing for Team USA."
Steve Serio (Westbury, NY) rejoins the U.S. Men’s squad after defending his gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. One of the most recognizable players in the sport, Serio brings a cache like no other, having made four Paralympic appearances and boasting a trophy case that also features two additional Paralympic medals (2012 bronze, 2016 gold) and an ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability in 2017. Serio is also a four-time medalist at Worlds (2014 silver, 2018 silver, 2010 bronze, 2006 silver) and he also led gold-medal winning teams at the 2015 and 2019 Parapan American Games.
Brian Bell (Birmingham, AL) returns to the U.S. Men’s squad after capturing gold at the 2022 Americas Cup, the zonal qualifying event for World Championships. Bell’s resume speaks for itself, having been a member of the last two U.S. Men’s teams that won gold medals at the Paralympics (2020 and 2016). In addition to his Paralympic accolades, Bell looks to have the opportunity for another podium finish at the IWBF World Championships having been a member of the silver medal winning U.S. Men’s team at this event in 2014 and 2018. Bell is also a gold medalist from the 2015 and 2019 Parapan American Games. Most recently, Bell helped the Golden State Road Warriors win the 2023 NWBA Division I National Championship.
Trevon Jenifer (Huntington, MD) rejoins the U.S. Men’s National Team after retaining a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Jenifer’s trophy case also includes two additional Paralympic medals (2012 bronze, 2016 gold). Jenifer aims to return to the podium at Worlds as he helped claim a silver medal at both the 2014 and 2018 events. He also was a member of the 2011, 2015 and 2019 gold medal Parapan American Games teams.
Jorge Sanchez (Oakland, CA) returns to the roster after helping the U.S. men’s team claim gold at the 2022 IWBF Americas Cup, dropping a game-high 20 points in the victory. Sanchez made his Paralympic debut in 2020, winning a gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. Sanchez also earned a silver medal at the 2018 IWBF World Championships, while securing gold at the 2017 IWBF Americas Cup and 2019 Parapan American Games. Most recently, he helped the Golden State Road Warriors secure the 2023 NWBA Division I National Championship.
John Boie (Milton, WI) continues his 2023 campaign looking to make back-to-back gold medal performances at Worlds earning gold at the 2022 Americas Cup. Boie had a successful Paralympic debut in 2020, winning a gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. No shortage of accolades, Boie also earned a silver medal at the 2018 IWBF World Championships, while securing gold at the 2017 IWBF Americas Cup and 2019 Parapan American Games.
Ryan Neiswender (Lebanon, PA) secured a spot on the roster after helping Team USA retain gold at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Neiswender was also a member of the gold-medal winning squad at the 2019 Parapan American Games. In addition, he has previously helped the U.S. secure gold medals at both the 2013 and 2017 IWBF Americas Cup.
The final roster also includes Jorge Salazar (Delano, CA), who returns to the Team USA lineup after earning a gold medal at the 2022 IWBF Americas Cup. Salazar was first named to Team USA when he was a member of the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team that captured gold at the 2017 IWBA Americas Cup and was named an alternate for U.S. Men’s squads in 2019 and 2020. Salazar is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Corporal that has been awarded the Bronze Star and is a Purple Heart recipient.
Jake Williams (Milwaukee, WI) rejoins the team after helping Team USA defend their gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Williams was also part of the gold-medal winning team at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in addition to winning a silver medal at the 2018 IWBF World Championships. A University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Alum, Williams returned to his alma mater to serve as head coach this past year.
Fabian Romo (Chicago, IL) will be making his second appearance as a member of Team USA after representing the U.S. at the 2022 IWBF Americas Cup, where he helped the team win a gold medal. In addition to being an alternate for the U.S. Men’s roster in 2020, Romo earned his first Team USA experience in 2017 at the IWBF Under 23 (U23) America’s Zonal Qualifier and IWBF U23 World Championships.
Talen Jourdan (Deerfield, WI) joins the final roster following a pair of gold medal finishes for Team USA in 2022, having been a part of the U.S. Men's Senior National Team for the IWBF Americas Cup and the U.S. U23 Men’s team at the IWBF U23 American's Zonal Qualifier in March 2022.
Jeromie Meyer (Woodbine, IA) is making his third Team USA squad after earning his first national appearances at the IWBF U23 America’s Zonal Qualifier and IWBF U23 World Championships in 2017.
Making his second roster for a U.S. team is Correy Rossi (Canton, MI) as he contributed to the gold-medal finish for Team USA in Brazil at the 2022 IWBF Americas Cup. Rossi played within the NWBA Intercollegiate Division as he obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois-Champaign. He has been playing professionally in Germany with the Doneck Dolphins since 2017.
The final roster includes the following alternates: Derrick Bisnett (Iowa City, IA), Ben Thornton (Santa Rose, CA), Chayse Wolf (Wilmington, OH), Spencer Heslop (Clearfield, UT) and Joseph Rafter (West Chester, PA)
Assisting in Robb Taylor in preparations as part of the staff are:
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