Hearn, McKinney Jones headed to USA World Cup Qualifying Team training camp

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USA Basketball announced today the roster, including Fort Wayne Mad Ants guard, Trey McKinney Jones, for the USA World Cup Qualifying Team training camp that will get underway on June 20 in Houston.


The training will be used to select the 12-man team for the USA’s third window of FIBA World Cup Qualifying games, which sees the U.S. face Mexico on June 28 in Mexico City and Cuba on July 1 in Havana.


The USA will hold training camp June 20-26 in Houston, and the team is expected to be announced prior to the team’s departure for Mexico on June 26. The player selections are made by the USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team Committee.


McKinney Jones will be joined by: Taylor Braun (Salt Lake City Stars); Alex Caruso (South Bay Lakers); Aaron Harrison (Stockton Kings); Reggie Hearn (Grand Rapids Drive); Myke Henry (Memphis Hustle); Jonathan Holmes (Maine Red Claws); Amile Jefferson (Iowa Wolves); Nick Johnson (Austin Toros); Kevin Jones (Baskonia, Spain); Xavier Munford (Wisconsin Herd); David Stockton (Stockton Kings); Rashawn Thomas (Oklahoma City Blue) and Marcus Thornton (Canton Charge).


The Mad Ants guard returns to training camp this month after previously having to withdraw from the February USA World Cup Qualifying Team training camp due to signing 10-day contract with the Indiana Pacers. The 6-foot-5 guard made his NBA regular season debut with the Pacers on February 23 in a 116-93 victory against the Atlanta Hawks.


McKinney Jones averaged 12.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 26.9 minutes per contest in 36 games during the 2017-18 season aiding the Mad Ants to the best record in the Central Division.


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 and has led the USA to a 4-0 record in the first two windows of the World Cup Qualifiers, returns as head coach. Erie Bayhawks Head Coach Josh Longstaff and former Georgetown University coach John Thompson III will serve as USA assistant coaches.


2018 USA World Cup Qualifying Team Training Camp Roster


NAME     POS                            HGT    WGT     AGE   2017-18 TEAM/COLLEGE

Taylor Braun                                 F         6-7       210          26      Salt Lake City Stars/North Dakota State

Alex Caruso                                  G        6-5       205          24      South Bay Lakers/Texas A&M

Aaron Harrison                            G        6-6       209          23      Grand Rapids Drive/Kentucky

Reggie Hearn                                G        6-4       209          26      Stockton Kings/Northwestern

Myke Henry                                  F         6-6       226          25      Memphis Hustle/DePaul

Jonathan Holmes                         F         6-9       242          25      Maine Red Claws/Texas

Amile Jefferson                            F         6-9       222          25      Iowa Wolves/Duke

Nick Johnson                                G        6-3       200          25      Austin Spurs/Arizona

Kevin Jones                                   C        6-8       250          28      Baskonia (Spain)/West Virginia

Trey McKinney Jones                  F         6-5       220          27      Fort Wayne Mad Ants/Miami (FL)

Xavier Munford                           G        6-3       190          26      Wisconsin Herd/Rhode Island

David Stockton                             G        5-11     165          27      Stockton Kings/Gonzaga

Rashawn Thomas                        F         6-8       230          23      Oklahoma City Blue/Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Marcus Thornton                        G        6-4       190          25      Canton Charge/William & Mary


Head Coach:  Jeff Van Gundy, USA Basketball

Assistant Coach:  Josh Longstaff, Erie Bayhawks

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:  Brad Jones


NOTE:  Age reflects player’s age as of completion of the June/July FIBA World Cup Qualifiers (July 1, 2018).



2018 USA World Cup Qualifying Team Training/Game Schedule


Wednesday, June 20

5:30-7 p.m. (CDT)                      Training                      University of Houston


Thursday, June 21

11 am – 2 pm (CDT)                   Training                      University of Houston 


Friday, June 22

11 am – 2 pm (CDT)                   Training                      University of Houston 


Saturday, June 23

11 am – 2 pm (CDT)                   Training                      University of Houston 


Sunday, June 24

11 am – 2 pm (CDT)                   Training                      University of Houston 


Monday, June 25

11 am – 2 pm (CDT)                   Training                      University of Houston 


Tuesday, June 26

10 am – 12 pm (CDT)                 Training                      University of Houston 


Wednesday, June 27

11 am – 2 pm (CDT)                   Training                       Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico


Thursday, June 28

8:00 pm (CDT)                            USA vs Mexico           Palacio de los Deportes,  Mexico City, Mexico


Friday, June 29


Saturday, June 30

11am- 1 pm (EDT)                     Training                       Havana, Cuba


Sunday, July 1

4:00 pm (EDT)                            USA vs Cuba                Havana, Cuba

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