Former Arizona Wildcats guard Nick Johnson will play for the USA World Cup Qualifying Team that will compete in the third window of FIBA Americas World Cup Qualifying, it was announced Monday.
Johnson is one of 12 players on the roster. 14 tried out for the team in Houston last week. The U.S. will face Mexico on June 28 in Mexico City and Cuba on July 1 in Havana.
Team USA is 4-0 through the first two windows of qualifying.
“They’re together,” said USA World Cup Qualifying Team head coach Jeff Van Gundy when asked what he liked about his 12-member squad (via USA Basketball). “This is a good group of committed athletes that I think are going to represent us well. That doesn’t mean that we’ll win, but they’ll represent us well and they’re going to work hard and compete for each other and for the country, and that’s all you can ask.
“It’s a brutally hard decision and all 14 of the players here were deserving. It came down to keeping an extra point guard versus an extra wing and those aren’t easy decisions.”
Here is the rest of the roster. It mostly consists of G League and overseas players:
- Taylor Braun (Salt Lake City Stars)
- Alex Caruso (Los Angeles Lakers)
- Reggie Hearn (Grand Rapids Drive)
- Jonathan Holmes (Maine Red Claws)
- Amile Jefferson (Iowa Wolves)
- Kevin Jones (Baskonia, Spain)
- Trey McKinney Jones (Fort Wayne Mad Ants)
- Xavier Munford (Wisconsin Herd)
- David Stockton (Stockton Kings)
- Rashawn Thomas (Oklahoma City Blue)
- Marcus Thornton (Canton Charge)
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.
Johnson has spent a few seasons in the G League and one overseas with Bayern Munich.
In May, Johnson participated in G League Elite Mini Camp where he showcased his talent in front of NBA personnel.
Johnson played in NBA Summer League last year, but is not on a roster yet.