USA Basketball chooses roster for July World Cup qualifiers

MIAMI (AP) — USA Basketball is taking some veterans into the upcoming World Cup qualifying window.

A roster of 12 players was released Thursday for the next two matches, scheduled for July 1 in Puerto Rico and July 4 in Cuba. The Americans are 3-1 so far in qualifying and have already clinched a spot in the second round.

But these next two games remain important as the records of the 16-team first qualifying round will continue in the second round. There will be 12 teams from the Americas region participating in the second round; among them, seven will eventually qualify for the 2023 Basketball World Cup.

Jim Boylen will coach the Americans again in qualifying, beginning with a training camp that begins in Miami later this month. His roster for these two games: Jordan Bell, Quinn Cook, Cody Demps, Michael Frazier, Langston Galloway, Justin Jackson, DaQuan Jeffries, John Jenkins, George King, Eric Mika, David Stockton and Noah Vonleh.

Bell, Galloway, King and Stockton were part of the USA team that went 2-0 in the last qualifying window in February.

Most of the second-round qualifying spots have already been secured from the Americas. Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States are guaranteed to advance.

The bottom three spots come down to six teams – Panama or Paraguay, Chile or Colombia, and Bahamas or Virgin Islands. Cuba was eliminated.

Second-round qualifying matches begin in August and continue through February. The next World Cup – which will be hosted by the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia – will take place from August 25 to September 10, 2023.

The United States have won the World Cup five times, the last time in 2014.

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