May 2, 2017 - NBA Development League (D-League) - Sioux Falls Skyforce
SIOUX FALLS, SD - USA Basketball announced today that Adam Simon, Skyforce General Manager and Miami HEAT assistant General Manager, will serve on a six-member qualification committee charged with selecting players in advance of the qualifying rounds leading up to the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
It was announced that Team USA would attempt to qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup using players primarily from the NBA Development League following changes made to the qualifying structure, with some games now being held outside of the summer months. USA rosters for the 2019 World Cup and future Olympic Games will continue to feature NBA stars from around the league.
"I am extremely honored to be selected to represent USA Basketball, the Miami HEAT and the Sioux Falls Skyforce on this committee," said Simon. "I\'m eager to bring my experience of working with the NBA Development League and years of scouting to contribute in selecting the group of men who will play on our National Team. I look forward to working with USA Basketball."
Joining Simon on the selection committee are NBA D-League executive Tony Bollier, Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager Trajan Langdon, and Houston Rockets vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas. USA Basketball Men\'s National Team director Sean Ford will serve as a non-voting chair of the committee, and one athlete representative will be named at a later date.
"The NBA D-League prides itself on providing athletes with opportunities to develop and compete at a high level," said NBA D-League president Malcolm Turner. "We\'re excited for representatives from our league to work hand in hand with USA Basketball to field a successful team filled with NBA D-League players to represent the USA in the World Cup Qualifying Games."