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Team USA Basketball Unveils Youthful, Versatile Roster For 2023 FIBA World Cup 

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As the 2023 FIBA World Cup approaches, excitement builds as USA Basketball reveals its highly anticipated roster, known for its youthful talent and versatility. 

Head coach Steve Kerr expressed his enthusiasm about the team’s formation, highlighting the collaboration with youth coach Sean Miller in assembling the squad of 12 promising NBA players.

Kerr consulted with Miller, who brings valuable experience as the USA men’s Under-19 junior national team’s head coach. Under Miller’s guidance, the team achieved an impeccable 7-0 record and secured a gold medal at the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Championship.

The discussions with Miller and insights from former head coach Greg Popovich aided Kerr in finalizing the composition of Team USA. Kerr emphasized the team’s versatility on the court, acknowledging Miller’s knowledge of international basketball and the world stage.

Among the notable young players in the final roster is Paolo Banchero, this season’s NBA Rookie of the Year. Banchero joins a talented lineup consisting of Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson, Anthony Edwards, Tyrese Haliburton, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Jaren Jackson Jr., Cam Johnson, Walker Kessler, Bobby Portis, and Austin Reaves.

Several team members possess Nike Hoop Summit experience, including NBA champion Bobby Portis (2013), Jalen Brunson (2015), Brandon Ingram (2015), and Jaren Jackson Jr. (2017). Walker Kessler, who earned NBA All-Rookie honors last season, was selected for the 2020 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team, which unfortunately got canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kessler has also participated in USA minicamps and training camps.

Grant Hill, the managing director of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team, expressed his excitement about the talented roster and their potential for success in the upcoming FIBA World Cup. Hill emphasized the team’s bright talent and expressed confidence in their ability to represent the United States proudly.

Joining Steve Kerr on the coaching staff will be Mark Few from Gonzaga University, Tyronn Lue from the Clippers, and Erik Spoelstra from the Miami Heat. Kerr and his team are eager to guide this group of talented and team-oriented players with a focus on effort, talent, and a commitment to winning together.

Team USA’s schedule in the Group Play stage of the tournament includes matches against New Zealand, Greece, and Jordan. The 2023 FIBA World Cup will be hosted by the Philippines, Okinawa, and Indonesia, from August 25 to September 10. As the odds-on favorite to claim the gold, Team USA aims to make a strong statement and bring home the championship title.

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