3 Drive Alum to Attend Team USA Training Camp
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Featuring 10 players who played for NBA teams in 2017-18, and the return of two players boasting of previous World Cup Qualifying game experience, USA Basketball announced today 14 players who will vie for a roster spot with USA's September World Cup Qualifying Team.
The hopefuls will open training camp on Sept. 6 at UNLV's Mendenhall Center. The Las Vegas training camp will be used to determine the 12-man team for the USA's first competition window of FIBA World Cup Qualifying second-round games. The U.S. will square off against Uruguay on Sept. 14 (7 p.m. PDT) at UNLV's Cox Pavilion, then meet Panama on Sept. 17 in Panama City. The player selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's World Cup Qualifying Team Committee.
Returning to contend for a USA roster spot after previously playing with USA World Cup Qualifying Teams are guard Reggie Hearn (Grand Rapids Drive) and center Jameel Warney (Texas Legends). Hearn played with the USA's November 2017 and June 2018 World Cup Qualifying Teams, and while getting the starting nod in all four games, averaged 12.3 points a game. Warney played for U.S. in the November World Cup Qualifier and averaged 11.5 points and 8.0 rebounds a game. Both players were also part of the USA AmeriCup Team that finished 5-0 to claim gold in August 2017. Warney, who was selected the 2017 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year, earned AmeriCup MVP honors after posting 12.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, while Hearn contributed 10.0 points a game.
Rounding out the U.S. training camp roster are Bryce Alford (Oklahoma City Blue); Dwayne Bacon (Charlotte Hornets); V.J. Beachem (Free Agent); Jordan Crawford (New Orleans Pelicans); Henry Ellenson (Detroit Pistons); Isaiah Hicks (Westchester Knicks); Dakari Johnson (Free Agent); Frank Mason III (Sacramento Kings); Ben Moore (Fort Wayne Mad Ants); Chasson Randle (Capital City Go-Go); Travis Trice (Brisbane Bullets, Australia); and Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).
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 Championship and has led the USA to a 5-1 record in the first-round of the FIBA Americas World Cup Qualifying, returns as head coach of the USA Basketball Men's World Cup Qualifying Team. NBA G League Westchester Knicks head coach Mike Miller, and former Georgetown University coach John Thompson III, will serve as USA assistant coaches.
"With our September second-round games marking the start of the most critical part of the World Cup Qualifying, I think it is imperative for us to look for players who possess mental fortitude, who are tough, and who have experience," said Van Gundy. "All of our second-round games are going to very, very difficult and competitive battles. Argentina, Panama and Uruguay are all really good and well coached.
"It's good to have Reggie (Hearn) and Jameel (Warney) back, they've already experienced how tough these games are. And by looking to players who have played in the NBA and internationally, I'm hoping we have the experience required to win and qualify the United States for the 2019 FIBA World Cup."
Thirteen of the players own NBA G League experience, including 10 who played in the NBA's official minor league in 2017-18.
Ten of the players earned NBA playing time in 2017-18, including Bacon (53 games with Charlotte Hornets); Crawford (five games with New Orleans Pelicans); Ellenson (38 games with Detroit Pistons); Hearn (three games with Detroit Pistons); Hicks (18 games with New York Knicks); Johnson (31 games with Oklahoma City Thunder); Mason (52 games with Sacramento Kings); Moore (two games with Indiana Pacers); Warney (three games with Dallas Mavericks) and White (17 games with San Antonio Spurs). Additionally, Randle played 26 games in 2016-17 for the NBA New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers.
After finishing 5-1 and first in Group C in first-round action, the USA opens the FIBA Americas World Cup Qualifying second round facing Group A's No. 2 seed, Uruguay (4-2), on Friday, Sept. 14 (7 p.m. PDT) at Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Tickets for the USA-Uruguay game are on sale now and are $20 (plus fees) for general admission and $60 (plus fees) for courtside. For ticket information call 702-739-FANS (3267) or visit USAB.com/WCQ .
The USA will complete the September competition window with an away game versus Panama (3-3) on Sept. 17 in Panama City.
Training camp for the USA World Cup Qualifying Team is scheduled to begin Sept. 6 in Las Vegas. The full USA World Cup Qualifying Team training schedule is available at usab.com/mens/wc-qualifying/training-schedule.aspx .
2017-18 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers
Following the completion of the first round, the top three finishing teams in each of the four, first-round groups advanced to the second round. The three advancing teams from Group A, Argentina (5-1), Uruguay (4-2) and Panama (3-3), and the top three finishers from Group C, USA, Puerto Rico (4-2) and Mexico (3-3), form Group E. The top three finishers from Group B, Venezuela (5-1), Brazil (5-1) and Chile (1-5), and Group D, Canada (5-1), Dominican Republic (4-2) and U.S. Virgin Islands (2-4), 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 Group E and Group F, and the top rated fourth placed team between Group E and Group F.
Under FIBA's new competition system, a total of 80 national teams from FIBA's four regions of Africa, Americas, Asia (which now includes Oceania) and Europe initially competed in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifying first round 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 of the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Five teams will qualify from Africa, seven teams from the Americas, seven teams from Asia and 12 teams from Europe.
The current two-time defending World Cup champion 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 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. 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 3x3 international competitions, as well as for some national competitions and for the development of youth basketball.
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September 2018 USA World Cup Qualifying Team Training Camp Roster
NAME POS HGT WGT AGE 2017-18 TEAM/COLLEGE/HOMETOWN
Bryce Alford G 6-3 185 23 Oklahoma City Blue/UCLA/ Albuquerque, NM
Dwayne Bacon F 6-7 221 23 Charlotte Hornets/Florida State/Lakeland, FL
V.J. Beachem F 6-8 200 23 South Bay Lakers/Notre Dame/Fort Wayne, IN
Jordan Crawford G 6-4 195 29 New Orleans Pelicans /Xavier/Detroit, MI
Henry Ellenson F 6-11 245 21 Detroit Pistons/Marquette/Rice Lake, WI
Reggie Hearn G 6-4 209 26 Grand Rapids Drive/Northwestern/Fort Wayne, IN
Isaiah Hicks C 6-9 242 24 Westchester Knicks/North Carolina/Oxford, NC
Dakari Johnson C 7-0 255 22 Free Agent/Kentucky/Brooklyn, NY
Frank Mason III G 5-11 194 24 Sacramento Kings/Kansas/Petersburg, VA
Ben Moore F 6-8 220 23 Fort Wayne Mad Ants/SMU/ Bolingbrook, IL
Chasson Randle G 6-2 185 25 Capital City Go-Go/Stanford/Rock Island, IL
Travis Trice G 6-2 177 25 Brisbane Bullets (Australia)/Michigan State/Huber Heights, OH
Jameel Warney C 6-7 259 24 Texas Legends/Stony Brook/Plainfield, NJ
Derrick White G 6-5 195 24 San Antonio Spurs/Colorado/Parker, CO
Head Coach: Jeff Van Gundy, USA Basketball
Assistant Coach: Mike Miller, Westchester Knicks
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: Luke Stanaland
NOTE: Age reflects player's age as of completion of the September FIBA World Cup Qualifiers (Sept.17, 2018).
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Henry Ellenson with the Grand Rapids Drive
Reggie Hearn of the Grand Rapids Drive vs. the Greensboro Swarm
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