With the FIBA World Cup on the horizon, USA Basketball has elected to let 12 players from the NBA G-League represent America in the first two rounds of qualifying. They have invited 14 players to camp to compete for those 12 spots. Two of those players happen to be Aaron Harrison of the Reno Bighorns and Terrence Jones of the Santa Cruz Warriors.
The Team USA qualifying squad will be coached by former NBA head coach and current ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy. Training camp will take place from February 15-20 in Los Angeles, California. Once the team is selected, they will travel down to Santa Cruz and take on Cuba on February 23rd and Puerto Rico on February 26th.
“The USA team for the February FIBA World Cup Qualifying games will have some new faces,” Van Gundy said on selecting the roster. “A lot of the players involved in the November World Cup Qualifying games were unavailable because of call-ups to the NBA. We’re really excited for those players, but it does make our job of putting together another team more difficult.”
Terrence Jones opened the 2017-2018 season playing in China, but left under controversial circumstances after just a few weeks. It looked as though he was headed back to the New Orleans Pelicans last week, but they backed out of the deal at the last minute. He was last seen in the NBA last season with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Aaron Harrison has only seen action in 26 NBA games, total, since going undrafted in 2015. He spent his first two seasons with the Charlotte Hornets organization, both in the G-League and with the big club. He was waived in January of 2017, and has played with multiple G-League teams with no call-ups to the NBA.
A good showing with Team USA could get either player the attention needed for another chance in the NBA. But they will have to make the final roster first.