Team USA Basketball named its final roster for the FIBA World Cup late Friday night, as they prepare to take flight to Spain later today.
USA’s final roster consists of three point guards, three shooting guards, one small forward, one power forward and four centers — Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, DeMar DeRozan, James Harden, Rudy Gay, Kenneth Faried, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Drummond and Mason Plumlee.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski said almost immediately following Friday night’s 112-86 exhibition victory over Puerto Rico that he had planned on only taking the final 12 to Spain Saturday, even though a final FIBA roster doesn’t have to be submitted until Aug. 29.
The cuts came hours after USA’s victory at Madison Square Garden.
“Since taking over the USA Basketball Men’s National Team program in 2005, this was without doubt the most difficult selection process we’ve gone through,” said Colangelo. “I can’t stress enough the outstanding effort and commitment that has been given by each finalist. I also want to make it clear that this is not just about talent — each player is incredibly talented and each player offered us unique skills. In the end it was about assembling the best team, selecting guys who we felt would be able to best play the kind of style we envision this team playing.”
“The first thing is we are very pleased with the overall effort of every player who was a part of the process,” said Mike Krzyzewski, USA head coach and Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame mentor. “To select twelve was difficult, because our pool is so good. As we go forward, we not only go forward as twelve, we go forward as a pool for USA Basketball. As a staff we want to thank the players who are not going forward.
“I’m excited about the 12 players selected and feel we have excellent versatility and the makings of a really good defensive team.”
USA opens the 2014 FIBA World Cup on Aug. 30 against Finland. USA will also face off against the Dominican Republic, New Zealand, Turkey and Ukraine in their preliminary round games in Bilbao.