David Stockton got the call back from USA Basketball.
The former Gonzaga Bulldogs point guard is among 14 players, including eight with previous FIBA World Cup qualifying experience, invited to the USA World Cup qualifying team’s training camp.
The camp will run from June 20-26 in Houston. The roster will be trimmed to 12 for the third round of World Cup qualifying. The U.S. will face Mexico on June 28 in Mexico City and Cuba on July 1 in Havana.
Stockton and training camp invitees Taylor Braun, Aaron Harrison and Rashawn Thomas helped the U.S. to a 2-0 record in February in the second window of qualifying. Fellow camp invitees Reggie Hearn, Jonathan Holmes, Amile Jefferson and Xavier Munford helped the U.S. go 2-0 in the first round in November 2017.
All 14 players have NBA G-League experience, including Stockton, who was with the Utah Jazz late in the 2018 regular season and the playoffs. Stockton is one of nine with NBA experience.
With a 4-0 record from previous qualifiers, the U.S. is assured of being one of three teams that will advance to the second round of FIBA World Cup qualifying.
Former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy, now an analyst for ESPN/ABC, coaches the squad. He’s joined by assistants Erie Bayhawks head coach Josh Longstaff and ex-Georgetown coach John Thompson III.
“We’re very fortunate to have back a good number of players who have played in previous World Cup qualifying games,” Van Gundy said. “That shows the experience of representing USA Basketball and their country was meaningful to them, and obviously it was beneficial to their careers.”
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