USA Basketball today announced the 12-man USA roster for the November first-round FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers. The team, which includes former Duke standout Amile Jefferson, was selected by the USA Basketball World Cup Qualification Committee.
Former NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy, who led the USA to a 5-0 record and the gold medal at the Aug. 25-Sept. 3 FIBA AmeriCup Championship, will serve as head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team.
“USA Basketball has put together a versatile roster that has a mix of youth and experience highlighted by our four returning players from this summer’s AmeriCup gold medal team,” said Van Gundy. “Puerto Rico and Mexico are outstanding teams that are extremely well coached, and we will have our hands full in our games against them. We are excited about the challenge, and I know we all have great pride in representing our country.”
The USA will open training Nov. 17 in Greensboro, N.C., and will play two first-round games, versus Puerto Rico on Nov. 23 (7:30 p.m. EST) at the University of Central Florida’s CFE Arena in Orlando, and on Nov. 26 (5 p.m. EST) versus Mexico at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Fieldhouse in Greensboro, home of the Charlotte Hornets NBA G League affiliate Greensboro Swarm.
Four members of the gold-medal winning 2017 USA Basketball AmeriCup Team return to the roster: Larry Drew II, Reggie Hearn, Xavier Mumford and Jameel Warney. Rounding out the USA roster are Jefferson, Markel Brown, Semaj Christon, Jarell Eddie, Kennedy Meeks, Elijah Millsap, Donald Sloan, and Travis Wear.
Jefferson, who plays in the G League for the Iowa Wolves, wore the Duke uniform from 2013-17 and averaged 7.2 points and 6.3 rebounds in 150 career games. He continues a long history of Duke’s connection to USA Basketball. The Blue Devils have had at least one current or former player compete on a USA Basketball team every year since 1988, while head coach Mike Krzyzewski has coached 15 medal-winning USA teams (11 golds).