TAOYUAN, TAIWAN - Current and former members of the Gallaudet University men's basketball program led Team USA to the silver medal at the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships here in Taoyuan, Taiwan. Team USA lost the gold medal game to Lithuania, 78-75.
Team USA went undefeated in group play with wins over Greece (82-52), Poland (112-64) and Australia (113-43). In the knockout stage, Team USA cruised past Israel, 92-51, in the quarterfinals and beat Russia, 87-83, in the semifinals. The men's world championships, which ran from July 4-12, featured 13 countries.
Members of Team USA who are current students at Gallaudet include rising seniors Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.), Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.), rising juniors Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.), Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.). Former Bison student-athlete on the team include Orion Palmer, Layton Seeber, Jeremias Valencia and Steve Valencia-Biskupiak. New Gallaudet men's basketball head coach Kevin Kovacs served as an assistant coach on Team USA. Former GU men's basketball head coach James Destefano was the head coach for Team USA.
Nelson led Team USA with 18 points in the gold medal game. Team USA finished with a 5-1 record.