Aug. 15, 2011
University of Wyoming men's basketball player Francisco "Paco" Cruz has been a solid contributor for the Mexican team at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China. Cruz is averaging 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game to help Mexico to a 2-1 record so far.
One of 12 players selected from an initial pool of 60, Cruz has been a large part of Mexico's game plan. With three starts under his belt, he's one of three players to average in double-figure points, while leading the team at 3.3 assists per contest. Cruz is also pulling down 5.3 rebounds in over 28 minutes of action per game.
Mexico began preliminary play with a 108-67 loss to the U.S. on Saturday, in which Cruz contributed 11 points, four rebounds and two assists in a 5-of-13 effort from the field. The team rebounded with a 107-96 victory over South Korea on Sunday. Cruz led the squad with six assists in the game to go with seven points and four rebounds. In its latest action, Mexico topped Israel on Monday, 77-72, thanks in part to 15 points, eight rebounds and four steals from Cruz. He has been Mexico's second leading scorer in two of its three games.
The Mexican team continues Group D play against Hungary on Wednesday, before wrapping up the preliminary round versus Finland on Thursday. The next round on Aug. 20 and 21 features a game based on each team's standing after group play, with the final placing round on Aug. 22.
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.