Josh Magette Added to USA AmeriCup Qualifying Team
USA Basketball today announced that G League Lakeland Magic guard Josh Magette has been added to the USA roster for its February 20 and 23 FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying games. Magette replaces Abdul Gaddy (Oklahoma City Blue) who was injured during the USA training camp.
Magette, who has played in 26 NBA regular season games with the Atlanta Hawks in 2017-18 and the Orlando Magic in 2019-20, currently leads the NBA G League in assists per game. In 23 games played for the Lakeland Magic this season, Magette has averaged 20.4 points, 10.3 assists and 2.0 steals, averaging 34.8 minutes per game. Last month, he moved into second place on the NBA G League all-time assists leaderboard. Magette was also named to the Eastern Conference Midseason All-NBA G League Team.
Members of the USA team are: Jaylen Adams (Wisconsin Herd/St. Bonaventure); Justin Anderson (Long Island Nets/Virginia); Cody Demps (Stockton Kings/ Sacramento State); Kyle Fogg (Beijing Royal Fighters, China/Arizona); Devon Hall (Oklahoma City Blue/Virginia); Jalen Jones (Capital City Go-Go/Texas A&M); J.P. Macura (Canton Charge/Xavier); Magette; Eric Mika (Stockton Kings/Brigham Young); Ivan Rabb (Westchester Knicks/California) Levi Randolph (Canton Charge/Alabama); and James Webb III (Iowa Wolves/Boise State).
Former NBA head coach Mike Fratello is serving as head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team for the February 2020 FIBA AmeriCup qualifying games. Longtime NBA and college assistant coach Andy Greer and former NBA and USA Basketball athlete Othella Harrington are serving as USA assistant coaches.
The USA team will train Feb. 14-17 at the University of Miami, Feb. 18 at the Orlando Magic practice facility, Feb. 19 in San Juan Puerto Rico, and the team will continue its training Feb. 21-22 in Washington, D.C. The USA will play a pair of games in the February FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying window, including a game versus Puerto Rico in San Juan on Feb. 20 (7 p.m. EST) and a home game on Sunday, Feb. 23 (3 p.m. EST) versus Puerto Rico at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C. The full AmeriCup Qualifying schedule is available at https://www.usab.com/mens/americup/game-schedule.aspx.
Tickets for the Feb. 23 USA-Puerto Rico game are on sale and range from $5 (plus Ticketmaster fees) for general admission to $72 (plus Ticketmaster fees) for courtside seating. For ticket information visit www.ticketmaster.com or USAB.com/ACQ.
FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying
The 2020-21 FIBA AmeriCup qualifiers feature 16 teams from the Americas zone divided into four groups of four teams. The top three finishing teams in each Group will earn a qualifying berth in the FIBA AmeriCup 2021 (site and dates TBA).
FIBA AmeriCup qualifying will consist of three windows, and each window will feature two games. The first window is Feb. 20-24, 2020. The USA will open play against Puerto Rico in San Juan on Feb. 20, then play a rematch versus Puerto Rico on Feb. 23 in Washington D.C.
After February games, the next two windows of AmeriCup qualifying play are Nov. 26-30, 2020, and Feb. 18-22, 2021.
The USA in window two will host the Bahamas on Nov. 27 and Mexico on Nov. 30 in Washington, D.C. And, the Americans will close out AmeriCup qualifying play in window three, playing at the Bahamas on Feb. 18 and at Mexico on Feb. 21.
The official draw for the FIBA AmeriCup 2021 Qualifiers was held in July 2019, and the USA was drawn into Group D with Bahamas, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Group A consists of Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela; Group B includes Brazil, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay; while Group C features Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic and U.S. Virgin Islands.
The FIBA AmeriCup 2021, considered the FIBA Americas zone championship, will feature 12 nations from North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America.
The USA men’s won the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup with a 5-0 record, and in its next most recent participation in 2007, 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 nine AmeriCups (formerly known as FIBA Americas Championships) and has won seven gold (2017, 2007, 2003, 1999, 1997, 1993 and 1992) and one silver medal (1989), while compiling a 65-10 win-loss record.