August 2022 USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team Announced
USA Basketball today announced the 12-man roster for the August 2022 USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team. The USA will play two games as part of their fourth qualifying window (six total) leading into the 2023 FIBA World Cup. The team hosts Uruguay Aug. 25 at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas followed by a matchup against Colombia on Aug. 29.
The 12 athletes slated to compete for the USA have years of professional experience in the NBA, NBA G League and professional international leagues with seven athletes having prior USA Basketball experience.
The team includes Tyler Cavanaugh, Malik Ellison, Michael Frazier II, Langston Galloway, Dewan Hernandez, DaQuan Jeffries, John Jenkins III, Mac McClung, Eric Mika, David Stockton, Robert Woodard and McKinley Wright.
Returning from the July 2022 USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team are Frazier, Galloway, Jeffries, Jenkins, Mika and Stockton. The team went 2-0 in road games at Puerto Rico and Cuba to close out the first round of qualifying.
Woodard has prior USA Basketball experience on the junior national team level. He won a gold medal at the 2015 FIBA U16 Americas Championship and participated in several junior national team minicamps.
Making their USA Basketball debuts are Cavanaugh, Ellison, Hernandez, McClung and Wright.
USA head coach Jim Boylen will serve his fourth-straight head coaching assignment for the USA Basketball World Cup Qualifying Team, having also served in the role in November 2021, February 2022 and July 2022. Joining him on the bench will be assistant coaches Othella Harrington and Ty Ellis, who served as assistant coaches in the previous three world cup qualifying windows, and scout/assistant coach Miles Simon.
The U.S. enters the game tied with Brazil at the top of Group F. A total of seven teams from the Americas will advance to the 2023 FIBA World Cup next August in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines. The fifth window of qualifying is scheduled for November while the sixth and final is set for February 2023. For more information on how teams qualify for the World Cup, click here. The full U.S. World Cup Qualifying schedule is available here.