USA Basketball and the national teams of Mexico, Bahamas and Puerto Rico will move into a bubble in Indianapolis in the coming days to prepare for the second round of the FIBA AmeriCup qualifying games later this month, a source said. to The Associated Press.
It will be the first bubble-type format for the US for an international event. Players, coaches and staff will go through strict testing and other protocols before arriving in Indianapolis and during their time at the event.
A person with knowledge of the situation said the US plans to invite 14 players, mostly from last season’s G League, to Indianapolis for training camp. Of those, 12 will enter the roster for games against the Bahamas on November 29 and Puerto Rico on November 30. The person spoke with the AP on condition of anonymity because the roster has not been announced.
Some camp guests have prior USA Basketball experience at this level: Josh Magette and Levi Randolph were members of the February 2020 AmeriCup qualifying team, and Amile Jefferson, John Jenkins and Travis Trice were members of qualifying teams for the Previous World Cup.
Other invitations to the camp went to G League veterans Kaiser Gates, Tyler Hall, Jalen Hudson, Khmerrio Jones, Yante Maten, Sir’Dominic Pointer, Tyler Roberson, Paul White and Orlando Johnson.
Mike Fratello will return to coach the AmeriCup team for the USA. The Americans finished 2-0 in the first qualifying window in February and are almost assured of a spot in the 12-team AmeriCup tournament to be held. in September 2022. The top three teams in the four-team qualifying group will advance.
The Americans are scheduled to begin training Monday and practice for the next week before games.
AmeriCup is the FIBA Americas Championship. The United States is the defending champion, winning the last event in 2017.
The games will air on ESPN +, but fans or outsiders will not be allowed to enter the games bubble. In addition to the United States clashes, other games within the Indianapolis bubble will include Mexico playing Puerto Rico on November 29 and the Bahamas playing Puerto Rico on November 30.
The United States is the only undefeated team in the group standings. Bahamas and Mexico are 1-1 and Puerto Rico 0-2.