COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — USA Basketball has picked the 12 gamers for the ultimate two video games of World Cup qualifying later this month, tasked with giving the Individuals a berth on this summer season’s event and shifting them one step nearer to the Paris Olympics.
Of the 12, 4 have been in previous video games throughout qualifying for this yr’s World Cup — Langston Galloway has performed in eight of the ten video games, Will Davis II has performed in 5 and Elijah Pemberton and Craig Sword have been in two apiece.
The opposite eight gamers will likely be a part of qualifying for the primary time on this event: Deonte Burton, Abdul Gaddy, Treveon Graham, Dusty Hannahs, Nate Hinton, Jay Huff, Xavier Moon and Reggie Perry.
Jim Boylen, who has led the Individuals to an 8-2 file thus far in qualifying, is again as coach for the ultimate two-game window. The U.S. will play at Uruguay on Feb. 23, then end qualifying at Brazil on Feb. 26.
There are a number of methods the U.S. can clinch its spot within the 32-team World Cup area, the only of them being a win in opposition to both Uruguay or Brazil. The one manner the Individuals wouldn’t qualify for the World Cup — the first manner groups will earn a spot within the 2024 Paris Olympics — is by dropping each video games, plus have no less than 4 outcomes of different video games not go their manner, after which they’d should lose a collection of tiebreakers on prime of all that.
FIBA appears so satisfied that the Individuals will attain the World Cup that it already has decided the U.S. will play all its video games throughout the event within the Philippines, and won’t should play in both Japan or Indonesia. These three nations will play host to the World Cup this summer season, with the ultimate rounds in Manila.
The World Cup begins Aug. 25 and runs by means of Sept. 10. The draw for the sector is in March.
To date, 17 of the 32 spots within the area have been clinched. The final 15 will likely be secured this month.
Americas Area: Canada has clinched a berth. There are six remaining for FIBA Americas groups, with eight groups — the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Panama — nonetheless within the combine for these spots.
Europe Area: Latvia, Greece, Germany, Finland, Slovenia, France, Lithuania, Spain and Italy are in. That leaves three spots out of the 12 allotted to Europe; Serbia, Georgia and Montenegro presently have the very best likelihood at claiming these. Different groups nonetheless within the combine are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Hungary, Iceland and Ukraine.
Africa Area: Ivory Coast is in, and that leaves 4 spots. Angola, South Sudan, Egypt and Cape Verde are in the very best positions to clinch; Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Congo and Guinea are nonetheless within the combine as properly.
Asia-Oceania Area: Lebanon, New Zealand, Australia and China have certified. Japan and the Philippines even have certified, as event hosts. That leaves two spots for Iran, Kazakhstan, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
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