Head coach John Calipari made his 2012 Dominican Republic national team roster public on Tuesday, and promising Michigan Wolverines third-year forward Jon Horford was among the 15 men chosen to represent his country.
The 6-foot-10 Horford will join his older brother Al of the Atlanta Hawks on a Calipari-led squad that also includes Sacramento guard Francisco Garcia and former Louisville point guard Edgar Sosa. One name that didn't make the list, however, was that of Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva, who was cut by Calipari at the last minute due to poor conditioning.
"Charlie was not in good form when we saw him," Calipari told reporters. "He was overweight, and unfortunately, we could not slow down the entire team and it was a decision taken collectively." Seeing as how the Pistons are on the hook for $8.06 million in 2012-13 and then $8.58 million the following year for this guy, Villanueva's big signing a few summers ago is rapidly starting to look like the single-worst free agent move in the Joe Dumars era.
UPDATE: According to Mark Snyder, a Michigan official said that Jon Horford merely practiced with the team, but he's not actually on the roster.