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Trae Young leads young cast of 2019 USA Basketball Select Team

by Jim Lemuel Wilson, July 28, 2019 6:12pm

Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks will be part of the 2019 version of the USA Basketball Select Team that will train with and against Team USA to help the latter prepare for the World Cup of Basketball competition that will start on August 31.

Joining Young are Jarrett Allen (Brooklyn Nets); Marvin Bagley III (Sacramento Kings); Mikal Bridges (Phoenix Suns); Jalen Brunson (Dallas Mavericks); and John Collins (Atlanta Hawks). Pat Connaughton (Milwaukee Bucks); De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings); Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets); and Jonathan Isaac (Orlando Magic) are also part of Team Select.

Completing the cast are Mitchell Robinson (New York Knicks); Landry Shamet (Los Angeles Clippers/Wichita State); and Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).

Former National Basketball Association head coach Jeff Van Gundy—who served as head coach of the 2017-19 USA Basketball’s six World Cup Qualifying Teams and the gold medalist 2017 USA AmeriCup team—will serve as head coach of the 2019 USA Basketball Select Team. Gonzaga head coach Mark Few will serve as a Select Team assistant coach. Coach Few served as head coach of the 2015 USA Pan American Games Team,

“The purpose of the Select Team is to help prepare our National Team for the World Cup and to offer an opportunity for some younger NBA standouts to be involved in the USA Basketball National Team program,” said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball Men’s National Team Managing Director, according to an article published by NBA.com.

“These 13 players help extend the legacy of elite players who have been part of USA Basketball Select teams. Not only will this group help prepare the United States for the FIBA World Cup, but it will also provide them with valuable experience at the USA Basketball National Team level,” Colenagelo added.

The Select Team will train daily with the USA National Team from Aug. 5-8 at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center. All practices are closed to the public.

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