Fourteen Athletes Confirmed to Attend June USA Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team Training Camp
Including eight players boasting of previous FIBA World Cup Qualifying experience and all 14 players possessing NBA G League experience, USA Basketball announced today the roster for the USA World Cup Qualifying Team training camp that will get underway on June 20 in Houston, Texas.
The training will be used to select the 12-man team for the USA’s third window of FIBA World Cup Qualifying games, which sees the U.S. face Mexico on June 28 in Mexico City and Cuba on July 1 in Havana.
The USA will hold training camp June 20-26 in Houston, and the team is expected to be announced prior to the team’s departure for Mexico on June 26. The player selections are made by the USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team Committee.
Returning to contend for a USA roster spot from the November 2017 USA World Cup Qualifying Team that finished 2-0 are: Reggie Hearn (Grand Rapids Drive), Jonathan Holmes (Maine Red Claws), Amile Jefferson (Iowa Wolves) and Xavier Munford (Wisconsin Herd).
Back after leading the USA to a 2-0 record during the February 2018USA World Cup Qualifying second window are: Taylor Braun (Salt Lake City Stars), Aaron Harrison (Stockton Kings), David Stockton (Stockton Kings) and Rashawn Thomas (Oklahoma City Blue).
Trey McKinney Jones (Fort Wayne Mad Ants) and Marcus Thornton (Canton Charge) return after previously having to withdraw from the February USA World Cup Qualifying Team training camp due to signing 10-day contracts with NBA teams.
Hearn, Holmes and Munford also represented the USA at the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup and helped lead the U.S. to the gold medal with a perfect 5-0 record.
Rounding out the USA training camp roster and looking to make their first USA World Cup Qualifying Team roster are: Alex Caruso (Los Angeles Lakers), Myke Henry (Memphis Hustle), Nick Johnson (Austin Spurs) and Kevin Jones (Baskonia, Spain).
Former NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy, who led the USA to a 5-0 record and the gold medal at the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup and has led the USA to a 4-0 record in the first two windows of the World Cup Qualifiers, returns as head coach. NBA G League Erie Bayhawks head coach Josh Longstaff and former Georgetown University coach John Thompson III will serve as USA assistant coaches.
“We’re very fortunate to have back a good number of players who have played in previous World Cup Qualifying games. That shows the experience of representing USA Basketball and their country was meaningful to them, and obviously it was beneficial to their careers,” said Van Gundy. “I’m also very excited about new players who will be participating in this training camp.
“Athleticism, versatility and having mentally and physically tough players are important attributes that all of these players possess. Each FIBA World Cup Qualifying window poses different challenges, and being on the road for our final two first-round games and playing in front of their passionate fans, while playing two very well coached national teams, will be big challenges for this team.”
Standing 4-0 and atop of the Group C first-round standings, the USA is already assured of being one of the three teams from its group to advance to the FIBA World Cup Qualifying second round.
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 .
- Eleven players have USA Basketball experience – Braun (2018 USA World Cup Qualifying Team-February); Harrison (2018 USA World Cup Qualifying Team-February and 2013 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team); Hearn (2017 USA World Cup Qualifying Team-November and 2017 USA AmeriCup Team); Henry (2016 USA 3x3 World Cup Team); Holmes (2017 USA World Cup Qualifying Team-November and 2017 USA AmeriCup Team); Jefferson (2017 USA World Cup Qualifying Team-November); McKinney Jones (2018 USA World Cup Qualifying training camp-February); Munford 2017 USA World Cup Qualifying Team-November and 2017 USA AmeriCup Team); Stockton (2018 USA World Cup Qualifying Team-February); Thomas (2018 USA World Cup Qualifying Team-February); and Thornton (2018 USA World Cup Qualifying training camp-February).
- Nine players possess NBA experience, including – Caruso (37 games); Harrison (35 games); Hearn (3 games); Henry (20 games); Johnson (28 games); Jones (32 games); McKinney Jones (1 game); Munford (20 games); Stockton (6 games).
- All 14 players attending training camp boast of NBA G League playing experience.
- Nine of the players have played professionally overseas: Braun; Henry; Holmes; Johnson; Jones; McKinney Jones; Munford; Stockton; and Thornton.
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 and Europe are competing in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers over 15 months, looking to earn a qualifying berth into 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. 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, 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, the 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 men’s world cup 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.