USA Men’s AmeriCup 2017 Team To Train August 17-24 In Houston, Texas
USA Basketball announced today that the domestic training camp for the USA Men’s National Team that will compete in the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 (formerly known as the FIBA Americas Championship) will be Aug. 17-24 at the University of Houston. Players selected to participate in the USA AmeriCup Team training camp are expected to primarily be from the NBA G League and will be announced at a later date. The USA will participate in the AmeriCup Group C preliminary round games Aug. 28-30 in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Former NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy is serving as head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s AmeriCup Team, while current NBA G League Northern Arizona Suns head mentor Ty Ellis and veteran international coach Mo McHone are assistant coaches.
The USA training camp will open on Aug. 17 with an evening session from 5-7:30 p.m. (CDT). On Aug. 18, 20 and 22, the team is scheduled to train twice a day, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CDT) and 6:15-7:45 p.m. (CDT). On Aug. 19, 21 and 23 the USA squad will train from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (CDT), and the Americans will conclude their domestic training on Aug. 24 with a 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (CDT) session. All of the USA’s training will take place at the University of Houston’s Guy V. Lewis Development Facility (3480 Cullen Boulevard, Houston, TX 77204).
The official, 12-member team that will represent the USA at the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 is expected to be announced prior to the team's Aug. 24 departure. The USA AmeriCup Team will also train Aug. 25-27 in Montevideo, Uruguay.
The United States will open its Group C preliminary play on Aug. 28 facing Panama (10 a.m. EDT), then meet host Uruguay on Aug. 29 (12:30 p.m. EDT) and conclude preliminary play on Aug. 30 against Dominican Republic (10 a.m. EDT).
Argentina, as host, and the top finishing teams from Group A, Group B and Group C will advance to Córdoba, Argentina, to play in the Sept. 2 semifinals and the bronze and gold medal games on Sept. 3.
The FIBA AmeriCup 2017, considered the FIBA Americas zone championship, will feature 12 nations from North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America.
In addition to the USA, Uruguay, Dominican Republic and Panama in Group C, Group A will play Aug. 25-27 in Medellín, Colombia, and includes the host country Colombia, as well as Brazil, Mexico and Puerto Rico; while Group B will compete Aug. 27-29 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina, and will consist of host country Argentina, as well as Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela.
A USA men’s national team last participated in the FIBA Americas Championship in 2007, when the U.S. rumbled over its opposition in Las Vegas and finished 10-0 to win gold and capture one of the FIBA Americas zone's two qualifying berths for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Overall, USA Basketball officially has fielded teams in eight FIBA Americas Championships, winning six gold medals (2007, 2003, 1999, 1997, 1993 and 1992) and one silver medal (1989), while compiling a 60-10 win-loss record.