Featuring a group of NBA, NBA G League and international experienced players, USA Basketball announced today 16 players who will participate in the USA Basketball Men’s AmeriCup Team training camp.
The training camp, which will be used to select the national team that will represent the United States at the FIBA AmeriCup 2017, will be held will be Aug. 17-24 at the University of Houston. The official, 12-member USA team is expected to be announced prior to the team’s Aug. 24 departure.
The USA AmeriCup Team, after also training Aug. 25-27 in Montevideo, Uruguay, will participate in the AmeriCup Group C preliminary round games Aug. 28-30 in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Former NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy is serving as head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s AmeriCup Team, while current NBA G League Northern Arizona Suns head mentor Ty Ellis and veteran international coach Mo McHone are assistant coaches.
“To represent your country in international competition is a great honor, and the players that have been invited to camp are motivated to continue the great history of success of USA Basketball,” said Van Gundy. “As a group, we must come together quickly and match the passion and intensity of the teams in Group C.”
The 16 players slated to take part in the USA training camp include: Billy Baron (Eskisehir Basket, Turkey); Rod Benson (Wonju Dongbu Promy, South Korea); Alec Brown (Windy City Bulls); Larry Drew II (Sioux Falls Skyforce); Reggie Hearn (Reno Bighorns); Darrun Hilliard (Detroit Pistons); Jonathan Holmes(Canton Charge); Ra’Shad James (Cedevita Zagreb, Croatia); Kendall Marshall (Reno Bighorns); Darius Morris (Rio Grande Valley Vipers); Xavier Munford (Greensboro Swarm); Marshall Plumlee (New York Knicks); Jameel Warney (Texas Legends); C.J. Williams (Texas Legends); Reggie Williams (Oklahoma City Blue); and Derek Willis (Grand Rapids Drive).
- Seven of the players expected at training camp – Drew (12 games), Hilliard (77 games), Marshall (160 games), Morris (132 games), Munford (14 games), Plumlee (21 games) and Reggie Williams (206 games) – boast of NBA regular season game experience.
- Of the 16 invitees, 14 have playing experience in the NBA G League, including: Benson, Brown, Drew, Hearn, Hilliard, Holmes, James, Marshall, Morris, Munford, Plumlee, Warney, C.J. Williams and Reggie Williams.
- Nine of the players – Baron, Benson, Brown, Drew, Holmes, James, Munford, C.J. Williams and Reggie Williams – have played professionally overseas.
- Willis is the lone player who played collegiately in 2016-17.
The USA training camp will open on Aug. 17 with an evening session from 5-7:30 p.m. (CDT). On Aug. 18, 20 and 22, the team is scheduled to train twice a day, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CDT) and 6:15-7:45 p.m. (CDT). On Aug. 19, 21 and 23 the USA squad will train from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (CDT), and the Americans will conclude their domestic training on Aug. 24 with a 10 a.m. -1 p.m. (CDT) session. All of the USA’s training will take place at the University of Houston’s Guy V. Lewis Development Facility (3480 Cullen Boulevard, Houston, TX 77204).
The United States will open its AmeriCup Group C preliminary play on Aug. 28 facing Panama (10 a.m. EDT), then meet host Uruguay on Aug. 29 (12:30 p.m. EDT) and conclude preliminary play on Aug. 30 against Dominican Republic (10 a.m. EDT).
Argentina, as host, and the top finishing teams from Group A, Group B and Group C will advance to Córdoba, Argentina, to play in the Sept. 2 semifinals and the bronze and gold medal games on Sept. 3 (the full FIBA AmeriCup 2017 schedule is available to view at (usab.com/mens/americup/schedule.aspx).
The FIBA AmeriCup 2017, considered the FIBA Americas zone championship, will feature 12 nations from North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America.
In addition to the USA, Uruguay, Dominican Republic and Panama in Group C, Group A will play
Aug. 25-27 in Medellín, Colombia, and includes the host country Colombia, as well as Brazil, Mexico and Puerto Rico; while Group B will compete Aug. 27-29 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina, and will consist of host country Argentina, as well as Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela.
A USA men’s national team last participated in the FIBA Americas Championship in 2007, when 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 fielded teams in eight FIBA Americas Championships, winning six gold (2007, 2003, 1999, 1997, 1993 and 1992) and one silver medal (1989), while compiling a 60-10 win-loss record.