Monte Morris Motivated after Being Cut at Team USA Tryout

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa State point guard Monte Morris is one of the best in the country. The junior spent the early part of this week trying out for the U.S. Pan American games team. Morris didn't make the cut.

He says this will only drive him to prove the doubters wrong this upcoming season.

"It was a good experience to get out there and play with a few pros and some college guys," Morris said. "I can never take anything away from their decision, I went out there and played my butt off for three nights. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to get the job done."

Morris started all 34 games for the Cyclones last season. He averaged 11.9 points and 5.2 assists per game. He also led the nation for the second season in a row with a 4.63 assist-to-turnover ratio.

"I just told everybody the next time they see me, it'll be in Houston for the Final Four," Morris said.

The final roster includes several college players as well as professionals not currently under contract.