Josh Longstaff Named USA World Cup Qualifying Team Assistant Coach
Josh Longstaff, head coach of NBA G League Erie Bayhawks, today was named an assistant coach for the June and September USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying teams. Longstaff replaces Ronald Nored, who recently accepted an assistant coaching position with the NBA Charlotte Hornets.
The USA World Cup Qualifying Team again will be led by head coach Jeff Van Gundy, who has compiled a 9-0 record as head coach of USA Basketball teams since August 2017. Former Georgetown University head coach John Thompson IIIis again serving as an assistant coach.
The United States is scheduled to conclude the third and final first-round window of FIBA World Cup Qualifying play by facing Group C opponents Mexico on June 28 in Mexico City, and Cuba on July 1 in Havana. (The full Americas World Cup Qualifying schedule is available at usab.com/mens/wc-qualifying/schedule.aspx). Training camp for the USA World Cup Qualifying Team is scheduled to begin on June 20 in Houston, Texas (The full USA World Cup Qualifying Team training schedule is available at https://www.usab.com/mens/wc-qualifying/training-schedule.aspx).
The USA already is assured of being one of the three teams from its first-round group to advance to the FIBA World Cup Qualifying second round. Longstaff and Thompson also will assist Van Gundy during the USA’s first two second-round games, which will be held Sept. 13-17, 2018.
“I’m happy for Ronald and his NBA coaching opportunity, and I am excited to welcome Josh to our staff,” said Van Gundy. “I’m confident our coaching staff and the selected World Cup Qualifying players will continue to represent our country and USA Basketball in a manner that makes all Americans proud.”
The June/July and September USA World Cup Qualifying teams are expected to be comprised of G League players and players who have been playing overseas.
“It's an honor and humbling to be joining Coach Van Gundy's staff and the USA Basketball family,” said Longstaff. “I'm looking forward to learning from the coaches and players and embracing the challenge that the competition will present as we prepare to represent our country.”
In 2017-18 under Longstaff’s direction, the Erie BayHawks, the finished with a record of 28-22, winning the franchise’s first-ever division title. Erie also advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinal and Final for the first time in team history. Longstaff finished third in the 2017-18 NBA G League Coach of the Year voting.
Longstaff spent three seasons (2014-17) as an assistant coach with the New York Knicks after beginning his NBA coaching career with the Oklahoma City Thunder (2010-14), first serving as player personnel and video coordinator for one year before being promoted to video analyst and player development coach. While a member of the Thunder staff, he helped Oklahoma City to four straight playoff appearances, including the 2011-12 Western Conference title as well as two conference finals appearances.
A native of Portland, Maine, Longstaff was a four-year letterman at Bryant University. Following graduation, he servedthree seasons (2005-08) as an assistant coach at Portland High School (Maine)and was head coach for two seasons (2008-10) at Gorham High School (Maine).
2017-18 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers
Featuring 16 national teams from North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America, the FIBA World Cup Qualifying Tournament for the Americas zone features four preliminary round groups, and each group consists of four teams.
The USA was drawn into Group C and is joined by Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Group A consists of Argentina, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay; Group B is made up by Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela; and Group D consist of Bahamas, Canada, Dominican Republic and U.S. Virgin Islands.
Under FIBA’s new competition system, a total of 80 national teams from FIBA’s four regions of Africa, Americas, Asia (which now includes Oceania) and Europe are competing in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers over 15 months looking to earn a qualifying berth in the 32-team 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup competition that will be held Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in China.
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 USA currently owns a 4-0 record and sits atop of the FIBA Americas World Cup Qualifying first-round, Group C standings. Puerto Rico (2-2) and Mexico (2-2) currently list tied for second in the Group C standings, while Cuba (0-4) is fourth.
In the third and final first-round window of the World Cup Qualifying, the USA will play two away games, at Mexico on June 28, 2018, and at Cuba on July 1, 2018.
After completion of the first round, the top three finishing teams in each of the four, Americas first-round groups advance to the second round. The three advancing teams 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 current two-time defending FIBA World Cup champion USA men have participated in 17 FIBA World Cups and have collected 12 medals – five gold medals (1954, 1986, 1994, 2010 and 2014), three silver medals (1950, 1959 and 1982) and four 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. The top two finishing teams in the World Cup from the Americas and Europe, as well as the top finisher from Africa, Asia and Oceania will earn Olympic qualifying berths. 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.