USA Basketball Rumors
The assist, then, goes to the two Kings executives and that fateful night in Indianapolis, when Serbia shocked the world, prompted USA Basketball officials to completely overhaul the national team program, and convinced a skinny, fun-loving youngster in Belgrade to pick up his basketball and hit the gym. “I never met Vlade Divac when I was a kid,” added Bogdan Bogdanovic. “Only last few years. I would see his picture on the wall at the airport or on billboards (in Belgrade). He is most popular there, still. Now to play for him and Peja and the Kings? It’s pretty cool, for sure.”
Marc Stein: Alonzo Gee, Travis Wear, Terrence Jones, Larry Drew II and David Stockton are among the NBA vets chosen for the @usabasketball squad to face Mexico during All-Star Weekend and then play for Jeff Van Gundy in two @FIBAWC qualifiers this month, according to league sources.
Jeff Zillgitt: Also, Semaj Christon, who played for the U.S. in the November World Cup qualifying games, has been invited back, I’ve been told, for qualifying team training camp in preparation of February World Cup qualifying games. Aaron Harrison also one of 14 players invited.
USA Basketball and the NCAA have invited 24 of the top prospects in the Class of 2019 to attend the Final Four in San Antonio and compete in events surrounding the college games, ZAGSBLOG has learned. The Next Generation Sunday Program will run March 30-April 1 in San Antonio.
“The NCAA has partnered with USA Basketball and the NCAA Academies to create a program that offers future student-athletes the experience of a lifetime,” reads a letter written by Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball, that was sent to top Class of 2019 prospects and obtained by ZAGSBLOG. The program offers players an opportunity to have “a behind the scenes look at the Final Four from a player perspective, attend the games, be a part of engaging programming, play on the Final Four court and much more.” “The goal of this program is to expose you to one of the greatest sporting events in the world and give you an education that is tailored to future college players,” the letter ads. “We hope that the experience will benefit you during and after your time in college as a player, student and person.”