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Nick Johnson earns training camp invite for USA’s World Cup qualifying team

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The former Wildcat has a chance to represent the U.S. on an international stage

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Nick Johnson has a chance to represent the United States in FIBA World Cup qualifying games this summer.

The ex-Arizona Wildcat is one of 14 players invited to USA Basketball training camp, which will get underway on June 20 in Houston.

“The training will be used to select the 12-man team for the USA’s third window of FIBA World Cup Qualifying games, which sees the U.S. face Mexico on June 28 in Mexico City and Cuba on July 1 in Havana,” per a USA basketball press release.

“The USA will hold training camp June 20-26 in Houston, and the team is expected to be announced prior to the team’s departure for Mexico on June 26. The player selections are made by the USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team Committee.”

NBA players are not on Team USA’s roster because some of the later qualifying games coincide with the NBA’s regular season.

The USA is 4-0 so far in the first round of qualifying games. The team is led by former NBA coach and current broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy.

Johnson, 25, is coming off a championship season with the G League’s Austin Spurs, in which he was named G League Finals MVP.

Johnson averaged 10.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in 34 games. He shot 40 percent from the field and 32 percent from 3.

The Gilbert, Arizona native was a second-round pick by the Houston Rockets in the 2014 NBA Draft, but has not appeared in an NBA game since his rookie season.

Johnson has spent a few seasons in the G League and one overseas with Bayern Munich.