USA vs. Bahamas - Things To Know
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The USA Basketball Men’s AmeriCup Qualifying Team opens window two action against Mexico on Sunday, 4 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+.
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 (2020-21 AmeriCup Qualifying Schedule/Results).
FIBA AmeriCup qualifying consists of three windows, and each window will feature two games.
The first AmeriCup qualifying window was held Feb. 20-24, 2020. The USA opened play with an 83-70 win over Puerto Rico in San Juan and followed that up with a 95-73 victory against Puerto Rico on Feb. 23 in Washington, D.C.
The third and final qualifying window is scheduled to be held Feb. 18-22, 2021. The Americans are slated to close out AmeriCup qualifying play at the Bahamas on Feb. 18 and at Mexico on Feb. 21.
Here are some things to know about Sunday's USA-Mexico FIBA AmeriCup qualifying game.
The 2020 November USA AmeriCup Qualifying Team (USA Roster):
Members of the 2020 November USA AmeriCup Qualifying Team include: Kaiser Gates (Maine Red Claws/Xavier); Tyler Hall (Westchester Knicks/Montana State); Jalen Hudson (Capital City Go-Go/Florida); Amile Jefferson (Lakeland Magic/ Duke); John Jenkins (Hapoel Eilat, Israel/Vanderbilt); Jemerrio Jones (Wisconsin Herd/New Mexico State); Josh Magette (Lakeland Magic/Alabama-Huntsville); Yante Maten (Maine Red Claws/Georgia); Sir’Dominic Pointer (Canton Charge/St. John’s); Levi Randolph (Canton Charge/Alabama); Tyler Roberson (South Bay Lakers/Syracuse); Travis Trice (Gemani Basket Brescia, Italy/Michigan State); and Paul White (Salt Lake City Stars/Oregon).
Former NBA head coach Mike Fratello, who served as head coach of the USA Basketball February 2020 AmeriCup Qualifying Team and led the U.S. to a 2-0 record, returns to lead the USA in the November AmeriCup Qualifying window. Completing the USA coaching staff as assistant coaches are November 2020 USA AmeriCup Qualifying assistant Othella Harrington and long-time NBA coach Joe Prunty.
Coach Fratello on what he expects from the Bahamas AmeriCup Qualifying Team:
"That’s a tough question to answer because most of the rosters around the world in this competition are perhaps not the rosters that you might expect, they're based on availability of players, based on what's happening with this COVID virus situation and oftentimes there are changes in the coaches. So what you thought they might have run in the past they don’t the run anymore. As a result of that you try to prepare as best you can for what you think might happen. And if your fundamentally basics are good you have a chance to get stuff that you weren't expecting that they might do."
Coach Fratello on the important focus for the USA Team heading into this Game:
"Energy, energy, we need to make sure we come out and play with a lot of energy and play together, play as a group together, helping each other out, having each other's back at the defensive ends of the floor and moving the basketball. The ball can’t stick, if the ball sticks it will turn it into a one-on-one and we're not gonna have much success that way.
"We have guys here who can score for us, but you got to get them the ball at the right time at the right place and that happens by moving the ball."
Coach Fratello on the Importance of the USA's Depth:
"Depth is always important in case of injuries, fouls, those types of situations. Matchups become important and if you have depth you might have more ability to match up better in certain situations. But it's how many people are you going to use? How many people do you believe can help you win the game?"
The USA and Bahamas have a limited playing history and have never met in a FIBA or FIBA Americas senior level event.
The U.S. is 1-0 against Bahamas in FIBA Americas U16 games (121- 52 in 2013), 1-0 against Bahamas in FIBA Americas U18 games (115-51 in 2008) and 2-0 versus the Bahamas in Pan American Games (116-58 in 1991 and 113-55 in 1975).
The Bahamas enter the second window of AmeriCup Qualifying with a 1-1 record. Falling 75-61 at Mexico on Feb. 20, 2020, the Bahamas bounced back three days later to take a 76-59 win at home in Nassau on Feb. 23, 2020. Domnick Bridgewater and D’Shon Taylor led their team to the victory recording 15 and 14 points, respectively. In the two games, 6-4 guard Travis Munnings, who played four years at Louisiana-Monroe, averaged 13.0 points, 6-7 David Nesbitt posted 11.0 points and 6.0 rebounds a game, and Taylor, who played his junior and senior years at Norfolk State University, averaged 10.5 points game.
Mychel Thompson, a 32-year-old forward on the Bahama AmeriCup Qualifying roster, is the son of Mychal Thompson, a No. 1 overall pick in the 1978 NBA draft and a 14-year veteran who played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. Thompson is the older brother of Klay Thompson, the U.S. Olympic gold medalist who stars for the Golden State Warriors.
USA Team Notes:
Six USA players boast of prior USA Basketball experience, including two members of the February 2020 AmeriCup Qualifying Team. Josh Magette and Levi Randolph were members of the February 2020 USA AmeriCup Qualifying Team that defeated Puerto Rico twice. Magette posted averages of 9.0 points and 3.0 assists while Randolph averaged 4.5 points and 2.0 rebounds a game. Trice was part of three USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying teams (February 2019, November/December 2018 and September 2018) helping USA to an overall 5-1 record while averaging 12.0 points and 5.8 assists per game, while Amile Jefferson was a member of the November 2017 and the June/July 2018 USA World Cup Qualifying teams that compiled a 3-1 record and averaged 4.8 points and 4.3 rebounds a game. John Jenkins averaged 7.5 points and 2.5 rebounds a game for the November 2018 World Cup Qualifying Team and was part of the 2011 World University Games Team. Paul White was a member of the 2011-12 USA Basketball Developmental National Team and the 2011 October minicamp.
Five of the U.S. players have NBA regular season experience: Amile Jefferson (30 NBA regular season games); John Jenkins (171 NBA regular season games); Jemerrio Jones (6 NBA regular season games); Josh Magette (26 NBA regular season games); and Yante Maten (2 NBA regular season games).
Six of the USA players have played internationally – John Jenkins (China, Israel and Spain); Josh Magette (Croatia, Greece, Netherlands and Spain); Sir"Dominic Pointer (Hungary, Israel, Lebanon and Venezuela); Levi Randolph (Italy and France); Tyler Roberson (France and Greece); and Travis Trice (Australia, France, Lebanon and Italy).
Eleven players were active in the NBA G League in 2019-20: Kaiser Gates (Maine Red Claws); Tyler Hall (Westchester Knicks); Jalen Hudson (Capital City Go-Go); Amile Jefferson (Lakeland Magic); Jemerrio Jones (Wisconsin Herd), Josh Magette (Lakeland Magic); Yante Maten (Maine Red Claws); Sir'Dominic Pointer (Canton Charge); Levi Randolph (Canton Charge); Tyler Roberson (South Bay Lakers); and Paul White (Raptors 905 and Salt Lake City Stars).
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