Brandon Bass Added to 2021 February USA Men’s AmeriCup Qualifying Team Roster
Six-foot-eight forward Brandon Bass (Free Agent/LSU), who has played in 758 regular season games over 12 NBA seasons, has been added to the USA roster that will compete in the third and final window of FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying. Bass replaces previously announced team member Paul Atkinson (Yale University). Atkinson, who is asymptomatic, withdrew from the team after a positive COVID-19 test.
Bass joins the USA roster that includes Cat Barber (Free Agent/North Carolina State); Josh Boone (Free Agent/Connecticut); Chris Daniels (Free Agent/ Texas A&M Univ.–Corpus Christi); Will Davis II (Free Agent/UC Irvine); KJ Feagin (Free Agent/San Diego State); Treveon Graham (Free Agent/VCU); Ra’Shad James (Orasi Ravenna, Italy/Northwood); Joe Johnson (Free Agent/Arkansas); Dakota Mathias (Free Agent/Purdue); James Nunnally (Free Agent/UC Santa Barbara); Jordan Sibert (Free Agent/Dayton); Isaiah Thomas (Free Agent/Washington); and Tre'Shawn Thurman (Free Agent/Nevada).
The USA (4-0) will train daily Feb. 13-18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and will play Bahamas (1-3) on Feb. 19 and Mexico (2-2) on Feb. 20. The full 2019-20 FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying schedule is available at https://www.usab.com/mens/americup/game-schedule.aspx. Due to COVID-19 precautions, no spectators or media will be permitted to attend the games. All games will be streamed on ESPN+.
Bass in his NBA career has averaged 8.7 points and 4.6 rebounds a game while boasting of a career field goal shooting percentage of 49.9% and 83.2% from the foul line.
Eight of the U.S. players have NBA regular-season experience, including Bass (758 NBA regular-season games); Boone (256 NBA regular-season games); Graham (180 NBA regular-season games); Johnson (1,276 NBA regular-season games); Mathias (8 NBA regular-season games); Nunnally (28 NBA regular season games); Sibert (1 NBA regular-season game); and Thomas (525 NBA regular-season games).
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 berth in the FIBA AmeriCup 2022.
FIBA AmeriCup 2022 qualifying consists of three windows, and each window features two games. The first window was held Feb. 20-24, 2020, and the USA team, led by head coach Mike Fratello, earned a pair of wins, defeating Puerto Rico 83-70 in San Juan and 95-73 in Washington, D.C. Window two of AmeriCup Qualifying took place Nov. 27-30, and the USA, again under the direction of Fratello, improved its record to 4-0 and earned the United States its berth into the FIBA AmeriCup 2022 after convincing wins over Bahamas (99-59) and Mexico (94-78). The third and final qualifying window is scheduled to be held Feb. 17-22, 2021. The Americans are slated to close out play against the Bahamas on Feb. 19 and Mexico on Feb. 20.
AmeriCup Qualifying Group A consists of Argentina (3-1), Venezuela (3-1), Chile (1-3) and Colombia (1-3); Group B includes Brazil (4-0), Panama (2-2), Uruguay (2-2) and Paraguay (0-4); while Group C features Dominican Republic (3-1), Canada (1-1), Cuba (1-2) and U.S. Virgin Islands (1-2).
The FIBA AmeriCup 2022, considered the FIBA Americas zone championship, will feature 12 nations from North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America.
The USA men 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 now 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.