Jerry Colangelo discusses the promotion of Kings guard De’Aaron Fox to Team USA main roster
Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox was recently promoted from the Team USA select squad to the main roster, and USA Basketball director Jerry Colangelo believes Fox has a legitimate chance of making it to the national team.
After a slew of withdrawals by the NBA top players, Team USA was forced to find replacements as training camp for the FIBA World Cup begins. In the wake of the dropouts, USA Basketball also decided to move Fox up to the senior squad.
And speaking to Jason Jones of The Athletic, Colangelo talked about the chances of Fox actually making it to the 12-man roster that will represent the USA in the FIBA World Cup in China. The 79-year-old executive also discussed the likelihood of players from the select team getting promoted in the future.
“It’s happened before and it’ll probably happen a lot more in the future,” Colangelo said. “That’s the nature of our business and players can come from the Select group and move up… That’s encouraging to them, that they would have a legitimate chance… They have the opportunity to showcase, Donovan Mitchell, (Kyle) Kuzma, Fox, whoever they may be. It’s kind of exciting because after looking at them today, the first day, there’s a lot of talent here.”
De’Aaron Fox is the sole player that was on the select team to be promoted to the team proper, but other players may drop out which would open the door for select team members such as Trae Young, John Collins, Jaren Jackson Jr., Mikal Bridges, Mitchell Robinson and Derrick White.
The current roster includes 17 players, but that number will have to be cut down to 12 by August 17, after the team plays their first exhibition contest against Spain.