Braun to also participate in NBA G League International Challenge
SALT LAKE CITY (February 8, 2018) – Salt Lake City Stars forward Taylor Braun was one of 14 players chosen to participate in the USA World Cup Qualifying Team training camp Feb. 15-20, USA Basketball announced today. The training will be used to select the 12-man team for the USA’s World Cup Qualifying first round, second-window games including Cuba on Feb. 23 and Puerto Rico on Feb. 26 in Santa Cruz, Calif. Braun will also participate in the G League International Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend on February 18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Braun, in his first season with the Stars, has appeared in 34 games (26 starts) and averaged 9.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 32.9 minutes of play.
Joining Braun to contend for a roster spot will be: Semaj Christon (free agent); Larry Drew II (Sioux Falls Skyforce); Alonzo Gee (Sioux Falls Skyforce); Aaron Harrison (Reno Bighorns); McKinney Jones (Fort Wayne Mad Ants); Terrence Jones (Santa Cruz Warriors); Rodney Purvis (Lakeland Magic); Xavier Silas (Northern Arizona Suns); David Stockton (Reno Bighorns); Rashawn Thomas (Oklahoma City Blue); Marcus Thornton (Canton Charge); Travis Wear (South Bay Lakers) and Devin Williams (Maine Red Claws).
Jeff Van Gundy, who led the USA to a 5-0 record and the gold medal at the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup and to a pair of wins in the FIBA World Cup Qualifying November window, returns as head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team. Veteran international coach Mo McHone and former Georgetown University coach John Thompson III will again serve as USA assistant coaches.
The USA official, 12-member USA team is expected to be announced following the Feb. 20 evening practice. The USA World Cup Qualifying Team will continue its training in Santa Cruz on Feb. 21, 22, 24 and 25.
The USA will host two home games during the second window of the FIBA World Cup Qualifying first-round. The USA men will play Cuba on Feb. 23, and Puerto Rico on Feb. 26 in Santa Cruz at the Kaiser Permanente Arena. Both games are scheduled to tip at 8 p.m. PST.