USA Basketball Rumors
American big man Jameel Warney has been named MVP of the FIBA AmeriCup. The NBA G League alum led Team USA to the final victory against Argentina with 21 points and 7 rebounds. He averaged 12.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in the tournament. FIBA also released the All-AmeriCup First Team: Facundo Campazzo (Argentina). Francisco “Paco” Cruz (Mexico). Nicolás Brussino (Argentina). Darrun Hilliard (USA). Jameel Warney (USA).
Argentina and the USA earned the right to play for continental gold after capturing wins in the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 Semi-Finals. USA arrived as favorite, and met everyone’s expectations, after defeating the Virgin Islands, 90-62, and will play in the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 Final. Once again, their strong defense allowed them to compensate their low effectiveness in outside throws. Fast attacks, short possessions and making the most out of the rivals’ errors were the victory’s convincing tactics. Munford, with 20 points and 10 rebounds, was the game’s outstanding player.
Jeff Van Gundy has studied everything available to him to understand what awaits him and the NBA Development League players in these coming FIBA qualifying events. Yes, he has studied everything and come to a conclusion. “I told myself, ‘You better get your s— together and not f— this up,” Van Gundy said. “You better be ready.”
He has loved reading up on his players’ stories. Mostly, they’re castoffs, forgotten and never-weres. Yet, they’re postponing reporting to training camps — in the States and abroad — to play for this national team. They’re paid $100 a day for the three-week AmeriCup commitment, and $75 per diem. Ford, Rosas, the Miami Heat’s Adam Simon and the Brooklyn Nets’ Trajan Langdon worked months assembling the roster with Van Gundy. They had commitments and decommitments. USA Basketball had a hard time selling this tournament process, and perhaps a harder job selling the timing. For agents, sending your player to the AmeriCup is tantamount to an admission to a client that they were unable to get them an NBA job.