COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Sept. 3, 2018) – Featuring 10 players who played for NBA teams in 2017-18, and a lapse of dual players braggadocio of prior World Cup Qualifying diversion experience, USA Basketball announced currently 14 players who will strive for a register mark with USA’s Sep World Cup Qualifying Team.
The hopefuls will open training stay on Sept. 6 during UNLV’s Mendenhall Center. The Las Vegas training stay will be used to establish a 12-man group for a USA’s initial foe window of FIBA World Cup Qualifying second-round games. The U.S. will block off opposite Uruguay on Sept. 14 (7 p.m. PDT) during UNLV’s Cox Pavilion, afterwards accommodate Panama on Sept. 17 in Panama City. The actor selections were done by a USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team Committee.
Returning to contend for a USA register mark after formerly personification with USA World Cup Qualifying Teams are guard Reggie Hearn (Grand Rapids Drive) and center Jameel Warney (Texas Legends). Hearn played with a USA’s Nov 2017 and Jun 2018 World Cup Qualifying Teams, and while removing a starting curtsy in all 4 games, averaged 12.3 points a game. Warney played for U.S. in a Nov World Cup Qualifier and averaged 11.5 points and 8.0 rebounds a game. Both players were also partial of a USA AmeriCup Team that finished 5-0 to explain bullion in Aug 2017. Warney, who was comparison a 2017 USA Basketball Male Athlete of a Year, warranted AmeriCup MVP honors after posting 12.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, while Hearn contributed 10.0 points a game.
Rounding out a U.S. training stay register are Bryce Alford (Oklahoma City Blue); Dwayne Bacon (Charlotte Hornets); V.J. Beachem (Free Agent); Jordan Crawford (New Orleans Pelicans); Henry Ellenson (Detroit Pistons); Isaiah Hicks (New York Knicks); Dakari Johnson (Free Agent); Frank Mason III (Sacramento Kings); Ben Moore (Fort Wayne Mad Ants); Chasson Randle (Capital City Go-Go); Travis Trice (Milwaukee Bucks); and Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).
Former NBA conduct coach Jeff Van Gundy, who led a USA to a 5-0 record and a bullion award during a 2017 FIBA AmeriCup Championship and has led a USA to a 5-1 record in a first-round of a FIBA Americas World Cup Qualifying, returns as conduct manager of a USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team. NBA G League Westchester Knicks conduct coach Mike Miller, and former Georgetown University coach John Thompson III, will offer as USA partner coaches.
“With a Sep second-round games imprinting a start of a many vicious partial of a World Cup Qualifying, we consider it is needed for us to demeanour for players who possess mental fortitude, who are tough, and who have experience,” pronounced Van Gundy. “All of a second-round games are going to very, unequivocally formidable and rival battles. Argentina, Panama and Uruguay are all unequivocally good and good coached.
“It’s good to have Reggie (Hearn) and Jameel (Warney) back, they’ve already gifted how tough these games are. And by looking to players who have played in a NBA and internationally, I’m anticipating we have a knowledge compulsory to win and validate a United States for a 2019 FIBA World Cup.”
Thirteen of a players possess NBA G League experience, including 10 who played in a NBA’s central teenager joining in 2017-18.
Ten of a players warranted NBA personification time in 2017-18, including Bacon (53 games with Charlotte Hornets); Crawford (five games with New Orleans Pelicans); Ellenson (38 games with Detroit Pistons); Hearn (three games with Detroit Pistons); Hicks (18 games with New York Knicks); Johnson (31 games with Oklahoma City Thunder); Mason (52 games with Sacramento Kings); Moore (two games with Indiana Pacers); Warney (three games with Dallas Mavericks) and White (17 games with San Antonio Spurs). Additionally, Randle played 26 games in 2016-17 for a NBA New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers.
After finishing 5-1 and initial in Group C in first-round action, a USA opens a FIBA Americas World Cup Qualifying second turn confronting Group A’s No. 2 seed, Uruguay (4-2), on Friday, Sept. 14 (7 p.m. PDT) during Cox Pavilion on a campus of a University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Tickets for a USA-Uruguay diversion are on sale now andare $20 (plus fees) for ubiquitous acknowledgment and $60 (plus fees) for courtside. For sheet information call 702-739-FANS (3267) or visit USAB.com/WCQ.
The USA will finish a Sep foe window with an divided diversion contra Panama (3-3) on Sept. 17 in Panama City.
Training stay for a USA World Cup Qualifying Team is scheduled to start Sept. 6 in Las Vegas. The full USA World Cup Qualifying Team training report is accessible at usab.com/mens/wc-qualifying/training-schedule.aspx.