Roster for USA Men’s AmeriCup Qualifying Team’s 2021 February Games Announced
Highlighted by NBA veterans and all-stars Joe Johnson (Free Agent/Arkansas) and Isaiah Thomas (Free Agent/Washington), USA Basketball today announced its 14-man roster for the USA team that will compete in the third and final window of FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying.
In addition to Johnson and Thomas, named to the February 2021 USA AmeriCup Qualifying Team were Paul Atkinson (Yale University); 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); Dakota Mathias (Free Agent/Purdue); James Nunnally (Free Agent/UC Santa Barbara); Jordan Sibert (Free Agent/Dayton); and Tre'Shawn Thurman (Free Agent/Nevada).
"Sean (Ford) and the USA Basketball staff have assembled a very talented and balanced roster with a combination of youth and veteran players,” said Prunty. “Joe and Isaiah have the most NBA experience, but there are several players with valuable professional experience to prepare them for this competition, including on the international level. It will be exciting to watch them come together as a team to represent the USA."
Johnson, who was a member of the bronze medalist 2006 USA World Cup Team, brings to the USA roster 18 seasons of NBA experience, 1,276 NBA regular-season career games, and career statistics of 20,405 points (16.0 ppg.), 5,059 rebounds (4.0 rpg.), 5,001 assists (3.9 apg.) and 1,071 steals. Thomas has played nine NBA seasons and 525 NBA regular-season career games, accumulating 9,508 points (18.1 ppg.), 1,288 rebounds (2.5 rpg.), 2,600 assists (5.0 apg.) and 464 steals.
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+.
Five of the 14 USA players boast of prior USA Basketball experience. Davis II was a finalist for the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s AmeriCup Team and participated in the team’s August 2017 training camp; Graham was a member of the 2013 USA World University Games Team; James was a finalist for the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s AmeriCup Team and participated in the team’s August 2017 training camp; Johnson was a member of the 2006 USA National Team and the bronze medalist 2006 USA World Cup Team, 2006 USA National Team, 2000 USA World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Team and the 1999 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team; and Thomas was a member of the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s National Team and attended the team’s minicamp.
Seven of the U.S. players have NBA regular-season experience, including 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).
Eight of the USA players have played internationally – Barber (Israel and Italy); Boone (Australia, China, Estonia, Philippines, Russia and Turkey); Daniels (Argentina, China, Korea, Lebanon and Philippines); Davis (Canada, Cyprus, Greece and Romania); James (Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, South Korea and Turkey); Mathias (Spain); Nunnally (China, Greece, Italy, Israel, Puerto Rico, Spain and Turkey); Sibert (Germany and Greece).
Eleven players boast of NBA G League experience: Barber (2016-17 Greensboro Swarm and Delaware 87ers, 2017-18 Greensboro Swarm, 2018-19 Erie BayHawks and Greensboro Swarm and 2019-20 College Park Skyhawks); Boone (2012-13 and 2013-14 Iowa Wolves); Daniels (2011-12 Erie BayHawks and 2012-13 Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Santa Cruz Warriors); Davis II (2016-17 Reno Bighorns, 2017-18 Windy City Bulls and Reno Bighorns, 2018-19 Long Island Nets); Graham (2015-16 Idaho Stampede and 2018-19 Long Island Nets); James; (2013-14 and 2014-15 Reno Bighorns and 2015-16 Westchester Knicks); Mathias ( 2019-20 Texas Legends); Nunnally (2012-13 Bakersfield Jam and 2013-14 Bakersfield Jam and Texas Legends); Sibert (2015-16 and 2018-19 Erie BayHawks and 2019-20 College Park Skyhawks); and Thurman (2019-20 Grand Rapids Drive).
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.