Celtics forward Jayson Tatum earns spot on 2019 USA Men’s Basketball National Team training camp roster

Celtics forward Jayson Tatum earns spot on 2019 USA Men’s Basketball National Team training camp roster

USA Basketball released the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s National Team training camp roster Monday, and earning a spot is Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum. The 21-year-old is the youngest player to be selected this year.

Of the 20 selected players, 18 have USA Basketball experience, including Tatum. The forward has won gold medals at the 2015 FIBA U19 Championship, the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, and the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Though, in order to get to the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Tatum will first be competing for one of 12 spots on the official roster.

He is joined by five other new additions to the 2019-20 USA National Team who will partake in the training camp, including Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers), Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks), Paul Millsap (Denver Nuggets), Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), and P.J. Tucker (Houston Rockets).

Rounding out the selections are USA National Team members Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Tobias Harris (Philadelphia 76ers), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors), CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks), Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers), and Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets).

The training camp will take place Aug. 5-9 in Las Vegas, ending with a USA Blue vs. USA White exhibition game. From there, team finalists will be selected and train in Los Angeles Aug. 13-15, before playing an exhibition game against Spain in Anaheim on Aug. 16. The official roster will be announced on Aug. 17.

The 32-team 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup will occur between Aug. 31 and Sept. 15 in China, where USA head coach Gregg Popovich and top-ranked Team USA will look to earn its third consecutive world championship.

“I am excited about getting to training camp in August and working with all of the players that have been selected to attend the USA National Team training camp in Last Vegas,” Popovich said. “We’ve got an excellent cross-section of veteran USA Basketball and NBA players, as well as some exciting younger players who possess amazing versatility.”



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