USA Basketball names 17 finalists for FIBA World Cup team

P.J. Tucker to play Friday night for USA Blue Team

P.J. Tucker to play Friday night for USA Blue Team

The two national team players not moving on are Thaddeus Young and Bam Adebayo, while Marvin Bagley III and Derrick White were late additions from the select team after De'Aaron Fox and Joe Harris had been promoted earlier in the week. Smart now is sidelined with a calf injury, but still rounded out the 17 men. The Select Team is comprised of young players who scrimmage and practice with Team USA, and Bagley and White made a major impression on head coach Gregg Popovich and assistants Steve Kerr, Lloyd Pierce and Jay Wright.

In the game, Adebayo played almost 11 minutes, and recorded three points, two rebounds, two steals, and one assist.

"It's the beginning, a new tournament, another World Cup, and I think our guys are making progress, " new USA coach Gregg Popovich said. Showing great effort, doing a good job in a lot of different ways, just trying to get used to each other and form a team.

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The 21-year-old helped Senegal reach the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, where it lost to Algeria last month. I've done that, I've made my dream, I've lived my dream and I've loved every single minute of it", Tierney said.

The University of Kentucky product is expected to play a big role for the Heat next season after the team chose to trade center Hassan Whiteside to the Portland Trail Blazers.

While it's surely a disappointment for Adebayo to be released from Team USA, the experience and competition was likely a positive one. "We shared the basketball, we played together and we communicated". When looking at his numbers per 36 minutes, they jump to 13.2 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. Popovich and his staff had high expectations for Mitchell coming into the week, and he has been the best player on the floor at times. "We're continuing to build".

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo preached patience when discussing potential roster cuts, saying "We're bringing a couple of young players from the Select Team so we're going to be patient with the rest of the squad because we have plenty of time, we have two weeks to decide who will be the final 12". Barnes went as a member of the national team. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

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