USA Basketball has run through more than 50 players trying to build a World Cup roster.
One of the best candidates has been hiding in plain sight.
Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox was on the select team, a group of young players who practice against the senior squad. But now he’s getting called up.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:
Fox absolutely deserves this opportunity. I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner. Perhaps, it didn’t matter because he was already committed to attending the training camp, anyway.
Fox isn’t guaranteed to make the World Cup team. He’s now one of 16 players vying for the 12-man final roster. But he appears to have a good shot.
First, Fox is darned good. The U.S. also has just two other point guards in training camp – Kemba Walker and Kyle Lowry. Walker is the team’s main star, but Lowry is battling injury. Fox could even crack the rotation.
A few other select-team players could potentially contribute in the World Cup. Trae Young, Derrick White, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Joe Harris stand out. We’ll see whether any of them get a chance to make the cut.