Fourteen Athletes Confirmed to Attend June USA Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team Training Camp

Official Release | June 11, 2018

— Training Camp to Determine USA Team for June 28-July 1 First Round Games —

 

            COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (June 11, 2018) – Including eight players boasting of previous FIBA World Cup Qualifying experience and all 14 players possessing NBA G League experience, USA Basketball announced today the roster for the USA World Cup Qualifying Team training camp that will get underway on June 20 in Houston, Texas.

The training will be used to select the 12-man team for the USA’s third window of FIBA World Cup Qualifying games, which sees the U.S. face Mexico on June 28 in Mexico City and Cuba on July 1 in Havana.

The USA will hold training camp June 20-26 in Houston, and the team is expected to be announced prior to the team’s departure for Mexico on June 26. The player selections are made by the USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team Committee.

Returning to contend for a USA roster spot from the November 2017 USA World Cup Qualifying Team that finished 2-0 are: Reggie Hearn (Grand Rapids Drive), Jonathan Holmes (Maine Red Claws), Amile Jefferson (Iowa Wolves) and Xavier Munford (Wisconsin Herd).

         Back after leading the USA to a 2-0 record during the February 2018 USA World Cup Qualifying second window are: Taylor Braun (Salt Lake City Stars), Aaron Harrison (Stockton Kings), David Stockton (Stockton Kings) and Rashawn Thomas (Oklahoma City Blue).

Trey McKinney Jones (Fort Wayne Mad Ants) and Marcus Thornton (Canton Charge) return after previously having to withdraw from the February USA World Cup Qualifying Team training camp due to signing 10-day contracts with NBA teams.

Hearn, Holmes and Munford also represented the USA at the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup and helped lead the U.S. to the gold medal with a perfect 5-0 record.

Rounding out the USA training camp roster and looking make their first USA World Cup Qualifying Team roster are: Alex Caruso (South Bay Lakers), Myke Henry (Memphis Hustle), Nick Johnson (Austin Spurs) and Kevin Jones (Baskonia, Spain).

Former NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy, who led the USA to a 5-0 record and the gold medal at the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup and has led the USA to a 4-0 record in the first two windows of the World Cup Qualifiers, returns as head coach. NBA G League Erie Bayhawks head coach Josh Longstaff and former Georgetown University coach John Thompson III will serve as USA assistant coaches.

“We’re very fortunate to have back a good number of players who have played in previous World Cup Qualifying games. That shows the experience of representing USA Basketball and their country was meaningful to them, and obviously it was beneficial to their careers,” said Van Gundy. “I’m also very excited about new players who will be participating in this training camp.

“Athleticism, versatility and having mentally and physically tough players are important attributes that all of these players possess. Each FIBA World Cup Qualifying window poses different challenges, and being on the road for our final two first-round games and playing in front of their passionate fans, while playing two very well coached national teams, will be big challenges for this team.”

Standing 4-0 and atop of the Group C first-round standings, the USA is already assured of being one of the three teams from its group to advance to the FIBA World Cup Qualifying second round.

The full Americas World Cup Qualifying schedule is available at usab.com/mens/wc-qualifying/schedule.aspx. Training camp for the USA World Cup Qualifying Team is scheduled to begin on June 20 in Houston, Texas The full USA World Cup Qualifying Team training schedule is available at .

  • Eleven players have USA Basketball experience – Braun (2018 USA World Cup Qualifying Team-February); Harrison (2018 USA World Cup Qualifying Team-February and 2013 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team); Hearn (2017 USA World Cup Qualifying Team-November and 2017 USA AmeriCup Team); Henry (2016 USA 3×3 World Cup Team); Holmes (2017 USA World Cup Qualifying Team-November and 2017 USA AmeriCup Team); Jefferson (2017 USA World Cup Qualifying Team-November); McKinney Jones (2018 USA World Cup Qualifying training camp-February); Munford 2017 USA World Cup Qualifying Team-November and 2017 USA AmeriCup Team); Stockton (2018 USA World Cup Qualifying Team-February); Thomas (2018 USA World Cup Qualifying Team-February); and Thornton (2018 USA World Cup Qualifying training camp-February).
  • Nine players possess NBA experience, including – Caruso (37 games); Harrison (35 games); Hearn (3 games); Henry (20 games); Johnson (28 games); Jones (32 games); McKinney Jones (1 game); Munford (20 games); Stockton (6 games).
  • All 14 players attending training camp boast of NBA G League playing experience.
  • Nine of the players have played professionally overseas: Braun; Henry; Holmes; Johnson; Jones; McKinney Jones; Munford; Stockton; and Thornton.

 

2017-18 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

Featuring 16 national teams from North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America, the FIBA World Cup Qualifying Tournament for the Americas zone features four preliminary round groups, and each group consists of four teams.

The USA was drawn into Group C and is joined by Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Group A consists of Argentina, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay; Group B is made up by Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela; and Group D consist of Bahamas, Canada, Dominican Republic and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Under FIBA’s new competition system, a total of 80 national teams from FIBA’s four regions of Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe are competing in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers over 15 months, looking to earn a qualifying berth into the 32-team 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup competition that will be held Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in China.

The FIBA World Cup Qualifying games are being used to qualify 31 of the 32 nations that will compete in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. China automatically qualified as the host nation. Five teams will qualify from Africa, seven teams from the Americas, seven teams from Asia (which now includes Oceania) and 12 European teams will qualify.

The USA currently owns a 4-0 record and sits atop of the FIBA Americas World Cup Qualifying first-round, Group C standings. Puerto Rico (2-2) and Mexico (2-2) currently list tied for second, while Cuba (0-4) is fourth.

In the third and final first-round window of the World Cup Qualifying, the USA will play two away games, at Mexico on June 28, 2018, and at Cuba on July 1, 2018.

After completion of the first round, the top three finishing teams in each of the four, Americas first-round groups advance to the second round. The three advancing teams from Group A and Group C will form Group E, while the top three finishers from Group B and Group D will form Group F. The three second-round windows of competition will take place Sept. 13-17, 2018; Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2018; and Feb. 21-25, 2019.

Following completion of the Americas second-round games, seven teams will qualify out of the zone for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, including the top three finishing teams from second-round Group E and Group F, and the best fourth placed team between Group E and Group F.

The current two-time defending FIBA World Cup champion, the USA men have participated in 17 FIBA World Cups and have collected 12 medals – five gold medals (1954, 1986, 1994, 2010 and 2014), three silver medals (1950, 1959 and 1982) and four bronze medals (1974, 1990, 1998 and 2006). USA men’s world cup teams own an overall record of 123-27.

Results from the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will qualify seven teams for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The top two finishing teams in the World Cup from the Americas and Europe, as well as the top finisher from Africa, Asia and Oceania will earn Olympic qualifying berths. Additionally, Olympic host, Japan, automatically qualified, and the final four nations will qualify through four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments that will be held in 2020 in advance of the Olympics.

 

About USA Basketball

Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and chaired by retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA national teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored five-on-five and 3×3 international competitions, as well as for some national competitions and for the development of youth basketball.

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2018 USA World Cup Qualifying Team Training Camp Roster

 

NAME                               POS   HGT  WGT  AGE   2017-18 TEAM/COLLEGE/HOMETOWN                    

Taylor Braun                          F       6-7     210        26     Salt Lake City Stars/North Dakota State/Newberg, OR

Alex Caruso                           G      6-5     205        24     South Bay Lakers/Texas A&M/College Station, TX

Aaron Harrison                      G      6-6     209        23     Grand Rapids Drive/Kentucky/Richmond, TX

Reggie Hearn                         G      6-4     209        26     Stockton Kings/Northwestern/Fort Wayne, IN

Myke Henry                          F       6-6     226        25     Memphis Hustle/DePaul/Chicago, IL

Jonathan Holmes                   F       6-9     242        25     Maine Red Claws/Texas/San Antonio, TX

Amile Jefferson                     F       6-9     222        25     Iowa Wolves/Duke/Philadelphia, PA

Nick Johnson                         G      6-3     200        25     Austin Spurs/Arizona/Gilbert, AZ

Kevin Jones                           C      6-8     250        28     Baskonia (Spain)/West Virginia/Mount Vernon, NY

Trey McKinney Jones            F       6-5     220        27     Fort Wayne Mad Ants/Miami/Milwaukee, WI

Xavier Munford                    G      6-3     190        26     Wisconsin Herd/Rhode Island/Newark, NJ

David Stockton                     G      5-11   165        27     Stockton Kings/Gonzaga / Spokane, WA

Rashawn Thomas                  F       6-8     230        23     Oklahoma City Blue/Texas A&M-Corpus Christi/Oklahoma City, OK

Marcus Thornton                   G      6-4     190        25     Canton Charge/William & Mary/Upper Marlboro, MD

 

Head Coach:  Jeff Van Gundy, USA Basketball

Assistant Coach:  Josh Longstaff, Erie Bayhawks

Assistant Coach:  John Thompson III, USA Basketball

Athletic Trainer:  Ed Lacerte, ProSports Therapy, Inc. (Waltham and Westford, MA)

Team Physician:  Stephen Foley, Sanford Health (Sioux Falls, SD)

Team Scout:  Mark Fox

Video Coordinator:  Brad Jones

 

NOTE:  Age reflects player’s age as of completion of the June/July FIBA World Cup Qualifiers (July 1, 2018).

 

2018 USA World Cup Qualifying Team Training/Game Schedule

 

Wednesday, June 20

5:30-7 p.m. (CDT)               Training                            University of Houston

Thursday, June 21

11 am – 2 pm (CDT)             Training                             University of Houston

Friday, June 22

11 am – 2 pm (CDT)             Training                             University of Houston  

Saturday, June 23

11 am – 2 pm (CDT)             Training                             University of Houston

Sunday, June 24

11 am – 2 pm (CDT)             Training                             University of Houston  

Monday, June 25

11 am – 2 pm (CDT)             Training                             University of Houston

Tuesday, June 26

10 am – 12 pm (CDT)           Training                             University of Houston  

Wednesday, June 27

11 am – 2 pm (CDT)             Training                             Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico

Thursday, June 28

8:00 pm (CDT)                     USA vs Mexico                Palacio de los Deportes,  Mexico City, Mexico

Friday, June 29

Saturday, June 30

11am- 1 pm (EDT)               Training                             Havana, Cuba 

Sunday, July 1

4:00 pm (EDT)                     USA vs Cuba                     Havana, Cuba

 

NOTES:

All practices times are subject to change.

Practices held at University of Houston’s Guy V. Lewis Development Facility (3893-3899 Holman Street, Houston, TX  77004)