Jonathan Holmes Added To USA World Cup Qualifying Team Roster
USA Basketball announced today that 2017 USA Basketball AmeriCup Team gold medalist Jonathan Holmes (Maine Red Claws) has been added to the USA roster for the November first-round FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifying games. Holmes replaces Jarell Eddie (Windy City Bulls) who is unable to compete because of lower back spasms.
Holmes joins previously announced USA World Cup Qualifying team members Markel Brown (Oklahoma City Blue); Semaj Christon (free agent); Larry Drew II (Sioux Falls Skyforce); Reggie Hearn (Reno Bighorns); Amile Jefferson (Iowa Wolves); Kennedy Meeks (Raptors 905); Elijah Millsap (Iowa Wolves); Xavier Munford (Wisconsin Herd); Donald Sloan (Texas Legends); Jameel Warney (Texas Legends); and Travis Wear (South Bay Lakers).
Jeff Van Gundy, who led the USA to a 5-0 record and the gold medal at the Aug. 25-Sept. 3 FIBA AmeriCup Championship, is head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team, while veteran international coach Mo McHone and former Georgetown University coach John Thompson III are his assistant coaches.
“I’m excited to have Jonathan join this team. He was a starter and a valuable contributor for our USA team during the FIBA AmeriCup and he is someone who I know will be able to quickly transition in and contribute,” said Van Gundy. “We’re also disappointed for Jarell. His injury has prevented him from participating in our training, and it was felt that it would be best for his recovery if he took the time needed to fully recover. I’m looking forward to having Jarell involved with a future USA World Cup Qualifying Team.”
Holmes in 2017-18 has played and started in five games for the NBA G League Maine Red Claws and is averaging 6.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Holmes played four seasons (2011-12 through 2014-15) at the University of Texas and was a member of the 2017 USA Men’s AmeriCup Team that captured gold with a 5-0 record. Playing and starting in the USA’s first three games before injuring an ankle, he averaged 12.3 minutes, 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
The USA World Cup Qualifying Team, which opened training on Nov. 17 in Greensboro, N.C., will play two first-round games during the November qualifying window. The U.S, plays Puerto Rico on Nov. 23 (7:30 p.m. EST) at the University of Central Florida’s CFE Arena in Orlando, and on Nov. 26 (5 p.m. EST) the USA faces Mexico at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Fieldhouse in Greensboro, home of the Charlotte Hornets NBA G League affiliate Greensboro Swarm.
Tickets for the Nov. 26 USA-Mexico game at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Fieldhouse are available at www.ticketmaster.com, the Greensboro Coliseum box office and Ticketmaster’s charge-by-phone system at 1-800-745-3000. For additional ticket information visit greensboro.gleague.nba.com/usa/ or call 336-907-3600.
Following the November games, additional first-round World Cup Qualifying game windows will be held Feb. 22-26, 2018 and June 28-July 2, 2018.
The USA is slated to host Cuba on Feb. 23, 2018 (site and time TBD) and host Puerto Rico on Feb. 26, 2018 (site and time TBD).
In the third and final first-round window, the USA will at Mexico on June 28, 2018, and will conclude its first-round games on July 1 at Cuba.
After completion of the first round, the top three teams in each of the four, first-round groups advance to the second round. The top three finishers from Group A and Group C will form Group E, while the top three finishers from Group B and Group D will form Group F. The three second-round windows of competition will take place Sept. 13-17, 2018; Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2018; and Feb. 21-25, 2019.
Following completion of the Americas second-round games, seven teams will qualify out of the zone for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, including the top three finishing teams from second-round Group E and Group F, and the best fourth placed team between Group E and Group F.
The FIBA World Cup Qualifying games are being used to qualify 31 of the 32 nations that will compete in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. China automatically qualified as the host nation of the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Five teams will qualify from Africa, seven teams from the Americas, seven teams from Asia (which now includes Oceania) and 12 European teams will qualify.
The FIBA World Cup for Men 2019 will be held Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in China.
The current two-time defending World Cup champion USA men have participated in 17 FIBA World Cups and have collected 12 medals - 5 gold medals (1954, 1986, 1994, 2010 and 2014), 3 silver medals (1950, 1959 and 1982) and 4 bronze medals (1974, 1990, 1998 and 2006). USA teams own an overall record of 123-27.
Results from the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will qualify seven teams for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Additionally, Olympic host, Japan, automatically qualified, and the final four nations will qualify through four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments that will be held in 2020 in advance of the Olympics.