By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff
Former Boston University men's basketeball forward and reigning America East Conference Player of the Year John Holland is among 17 finalists to make the Puerto Rico national basketball team.
Though Holland is still contending for a spot on the team, his former BU teammate, guard Carlos Strong, did not make it through the recent series of cuts.
The Puerto Rican team will ultimately feature 12 players on the final roster, a roster that will compete in the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina from August 30 to September 11 and will also attempt to capture one of two available spots in the 2012 Olympics in London.
Along with Holland, some notable players among the final 17 include Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea, Boston Celtics guard Carlos Arroyo, New York Knicks forward Renaldo Balkman, former Kansas State University guard Denis Clemente and guard Ricardo Ledo, a consensus top 15 recruit in the class of 2012.