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1983 USA Men's Pan American Games Team

NINTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1983

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Caracas, Venezuela • August 14-29, 1983


Featuring a roster filled with future professionals, the 1983 USA Pan American team, coached by Kansas State's Jack Hartman, was as talented a group as any assembled in the history of the Pan American Games. Tested in several games, the United States' solid play offensively as well as defensively carried the team to an unblemished 8-0 record, its third consecutive gold medal, and extended the U.S. win streak to 28 games.


1983 USA RESULTS (8-0) 
USA   74 Mexico 63
USA   72 Brazil 69
USA   78 Venezuela 65
USA 111 Canada 97
USA   81 Mexico 68
USA   88 Argentina 68
USA   87 Brazil 79
USA 101 Puerto Rico 85

1983 PAN AMERICAN GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (8-0) NA Cuba (2-2)
2. Brazil (5-3) NA Venezuela (0-3)
3. Mexico (4-4) NA Dom. Rep. (0-4)
4. Canada (4-5)*
5. Argentina (4-5)*
6. Puerto Rico
(4-5)*
*Final standings determined by results between tied teams.

The USA was led by several future NBA standouts -- 6'6' Michael Jordan, 5'11' Mark Price, 6'9' Wayman Tisdale and 6'9' Sam Perkins. Jordan finished the competition averaging 17.3 ppg., while Tisdale pumped in 15.5 ppg. and Perkins added 13.1 ppg. Tisdale and Perkins also topped the U.S. in rebounding, grabbing 7.1 rpg. and 5.9 rpg., respectively.

This USA team flirted with disaster from the start. Outside shooting threat Chris Mullin was forced home before Pan Am competition began after fracturing his foot in an exhibition game in San Juan. The USA ranks were further reduced when inside force Michael Cage returned home after two games because of an illness in his family.

Opening against Mexico, the U.S. men spotted Mexico a 20-4 advantage before rallying to overcome 40 percent shooting from the field and capturing a 74-63 win. The Americans' second win was another come-from-behind effort as a Jordan slam as time expired insured the USA's 72-69 win over Brazil. Facing host Venezuela, the USA found itself in another struggle. However, Georgia Tech sophomore guard Mark Price stepped forward and provided the U.S. with the needed spark and scored 17 points on eight of 13 shooting to help lift the USA to a 78-65 victory.

Advancing into the final round, the U.S. rolled past Canada 111-97 as Tisdale exploded for 29 points and 12 rebounds. Then, behind Tisdale's 19 points and 18 more from Jordan, the U.S. handed Mexico an 81-68 loss. Next the U.S. recorded a convincing 88-68 victory over Argentina as Jordan accounted for 24 points.

Balanced scoring was the key to the USA's second win over Brazil. Earning an 87-79 win, six U.S. players scored in double digits, including 16 from Jordan and 16 from University of Kentucky guard James Master, while Price and Tisdale each added 12, and Perkins and Leon Wood tossed in 10 apiece. Closing out the competition against Puerto Rico, the U.S. scored a 101-85 victory as Tisdale scored 20 points and Perkins added 18 points and 11 rebounds.

1983 USA PAN AMERICAN MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Michael Cage F 6-9 225 21 San Diego State San Diego, CA
Michael Jordan F 6-6 196 20 North Carolina Charlotte, NC
James Master G 6-5 179 21 Kentucky Ft. Wayne, IN
Chris Mullin G 6-6 203 20 St. John's Brooklyn, NY
Sam Perkins F 6-9 233 22 North Carolina Watervliet, NY
Ed Pinckney F 6-9 200 20 Villanova Bronx, NY
Mark Price G 5-11 168 18 Georgia Tech Enid, OK
Fred Reynolds F 6-6 212 22 Texas-El Paso Houston, TX
Charlie Sitton F 6-8 217 21 Oregon State Carlton, OR
Greg Stokes F 6-9 214 20 Iowa Hamilton, OH
Wayman Tisdale F 6-9 251 19 Oklahoma Tulsa, OK
Leon Wood G 6-3 195 21 California State-Fullerton Los Angeles, CA
HEAD COACH: Jack Hartman, Kansas State University
ASSISTANT COACH: Bob Chipman, Washburn University (KS)
MANAGER: Lon Kruger, Pan American University (TX)
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Don Lowe, Syracuse University (NY)

1983 USA PAN AMERICAN MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G FGM-FGA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG
Jordan 8 60-134 .448 18- 21 .857 20/ 2.5 138/ 17.3
Tisdale 8 54-100 .540 16- 20 .800 47/ 5.9 124/ 15.5
Perkins 8 43- 80 .538 19- 24 .792 57/ 7.1 105/ 13.1
Price 8 26- 55 .473 14- 17 .824 9/ 1.1 66/ 8.3
James 8 28- 59 .475 0- 0 .--- 5/ 0.6 56/ 7.0
Stokes 8 23- 41 .561 10- 15 .667 27/ 3.4 56/ 7.0
Wood 8 21- 42 .500 3- 5 .600 8/ 1.0 45/ 5.6
Sitton 8 16- 28 .571 6- 8 .750 17/ 2.1 38/ 4.8
Pinckney 8 11- 16 .688 12- 17 .706 14/ 1.8 34/ 4.3
Reynolds 8 10- 22 .455 5- 7 .714 20/ 2.5 25/ 3.1
Cage 2 2- 5 .400 1- 1 1.000 3/ 1.5 5/ 2.5
Mullin DNP -- Injured
USA 8 294-582 .505 104-135 .770 227/ 28.4 692/86.5
OPP. 8 243-517 .470 108-167 .647 198/ 24.8 594/74.3

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