Hornets Dwayne Bacon Named To USA Basketball World Cup Qualifying Roster
September 10, 2018 – USA Basketball announced today that Hornets forward Dwayne Bacon has been selected as one of the 12 players for the 2018 USA World Cup Qualifying Team roster. The team will continue its training through Sept. 13 at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center. The USA, playing in the first competition window of FIBA World Cup Qualifying second-round games, will meet Uruguay on Sept. 14 (10 p.m. EDT) at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion before playing Panama on Sept. 17 in Panama City.
Bacon, a 6-7 forward from Florida State, was acquired by the Hornets in a trade with New Orleans on the night of the 2017 NBA Draft. As a rookie with Charlotte in 2017-18, Bacon appeared in 53 games (six starts) and averaged 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game. He scored a career-high 18 points at San Antonio on Nov. 3. In four games with the Greensboro Swarm, the Hornets G League affiliate, Bacon averaged 26.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 35.8 minutes per game. Bacon set the Swarm’s single-game scoring record with a 45-point performance against the Wisconsin Herd on Dec. 28. Bacon appeared in five games (all starts) for Charlotte’s entry in the 2018 NBA Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 18.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 31 minutes per game.
Along with Bacon the USA roster is comprised of Bryce Alford (Oklahoma City Blue); Henry Ellenson (Detroit Pistons); Reggie Hearn (Grand Rapids Drive); Isaiah Hicks (New York Knicks); Dakari Johnson (Free Agent); Frank Mason III (Sacramento Kings); Ben Moore (Fort Wayne Mad Ants); Chasson Randle (Capital City Go-Go); Travis Trice (Milwaukee Bucks); Jameel Warney (Texas Legends); and Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).
Former NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy, who led the USA to a 5-0 record and the gold medal at the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup Championship and led the USA to a 5-1 record in the first-round of the FIBA Americas World Cup Qualifying, is again head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team. NBA G League Westchester Knicks head coach Mike Miller, and former Georgetown University coach John Thompson III, are serving as USA assistant coaches.
Nine of the players earned NBA playing time in 2017-18, including Bacon (53 games with Charlotte Hornets); Ellenson (38 games with Detroit Pistons); Hearn (three games with Detroit Pistons); Hicks (18 games with New York Knicks); Johnson (31 games with Oklahoma City Thunder); Mason (52 games with Sacramento Kings); Moore (two games with Indiana Pacers); Warney (three games with Dallas Mavericks) and White (17 games with San Antonio Spurs). Additionally, Randle played 26 games in 2016-17 for the NBA New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers.
Eleven of the players own NBA G League experience, including nine who played in the NBA’s official minor league in 2017-18.
After finishing 5-1 and first in Group C in first-round action, the USA opens the FIBA Americas World Cup Qualifying second round facing Group A’s No. 2 seed, Uruguay (4-2), on Friday, Sept. 14 (7 p.m. PDT) at Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Tickets for the USA-Uruguay game are on sale now and are $20 (plus fees) for general admission and $60 (plus fees) for courtside. For ticket information call 702-739-FANS (3267) or visit USAB.com/WCQ.
The USA will complete the September competition window with an away game versus Panama (3-3) on Sept. 17 in Panama City.
Training camp for the USA World Cup Qualifying Team is scheduled to begin Sept. 6 in Las Vegas. The full USA World Cup Qualifying Team training schedule is available at usab.com/mens/wc-qualifying/training-schedule.aspx.
2017-18 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers
Following the completion of the first round, the top three finishing teams in each of the four, first-round groups advanced to the second round. The three advancing teams from Group A, Argentina (5-1), Uruguay (4-2) and Panama (3-3), and the top three finishers from Group C, USA, Puerto Rico (4-2) and Mexico (3-3), form Group E. The top three finishers from Group B, Venezuela (5-1), Brazil (5-1) and Chile (1-5), and Group D, Canada (5-1), Dominican Republic (4-2) and U.S. Virgin Islands (2-4), form Group F. The three second-round windows of competition will take place Sept. 13-17, 2018; Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2018; and Feb. 21-25, 2019.
Following completion of the Americas second-round games, seven teams will qualify out of the zone for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, including the top three finishing teams from Group E and Group F, and the top rated fourth placed team between Group E and Group F.
Under FIBA’s new competition system, a total of 80 national teams from FIBA’s four regions of Africa, Americas, Asia (which now includes Oceania) and Europe initially competed in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifying first round looking to earn a qualifying berth into the 32-team 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup competition that will be held Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in China.
The FIBA World Cup Qualifying games are being used to qualify 31 of the 32 nations that will compete in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. China automatically qualified as the host nation of the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Five teams will qualify from Africa, seven teams from the Americas, seven teams from Asia and 12 teams from Europe.
The current two-time defending World Cup champion USA men have participated in 17 FIBA World Cups and have collected 12 medals - five gold medals (1954, 1986, 1994, 2010 and 2014), three silver medals (1950, 1959 and 1982) and four bronze medals (1974, 1990, 1998 and 2006). USA teams own an overall record of 123-27.
Results from the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will qualify seven teams for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Additionally, Olympic host, Japan, automatically qualified, and the final four nations will qualify through four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments that will be held in 2020 in advance of the Olympics.
|Bryce Alford||G||6-3||185||23||Oklahoma City Blue/UCLA/ Albuquerque, NM|
|Dwayne Bacon||F||6-7||221||23||Charlotte Hornets/Florida State/Lakeland, FL|
|Henry Ellenson||F||6-11||245||21||Detroit Pistons/Marquette/Rice Lake, WI|
|Reggie Hearn||G||6-4||209||26||Grand Rapids Drive/Northwestern/Fort Wayne, IN|
|Isaiah Hicks||C||6-9||242||24||New York Knicks/North Carolina/Oxford, NC|
|Dakari Johnson||C||7-0||255||22||Free Agent/Kentucky/Brooklyn, NY|
|Frank Mason III||G||5-11||194||24||Sacramento Kings/Kansas/Petersburg, VA|
|Ben Moore||F||6-8||220||23||Fort Wayne Mad Ants/SMU/ Bolingbrook, IL|
|Chasson Randle||G||6-2||185||25||Capital City Go-Go/Stanford/Rock Island, IL|
|Travis Trice||G||6-2||177||25||Milwaukee Bucks/Michigan State/Huber Heights, OH|
|Jameel Warney||C||6-7||259||24||Texas Legends/Stony Brook/Plainfield, NJ|
|Derrick White||G||6-5||195||24||San Antonio Spurs/Colorado/Parker, CO|
Head Coach: Jeff Van Gundy, USA Basketball
Assistant Coach: Mike Miller, Westchester Knicks
Assistant Coach: John Thompson III, USA Basketball
Athletic Trainer: Ed Lacerte, ProSports Therapy, Inc. (Waltham and Westford, MA)
Team Physician: Stephen Foley, Sanford Health (Sioux Falls, SD)
Team Scout: Mark Fox
Video Coordinator: Luke Stanaland
NOTE: Age reflects player’s age as of completion of the September FIBA World Cup Qualifiers (Sept.17, 2018).