New York Knicks forward Julius Randle and Boston Celtics swingman Jaylen Brown have been added to Team USA’s training camp roster ahead of this summer’s FIBA World Cup, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Boston’s Jaylen Brown and New York’s Julius Randle have been added onto USA Basketball’s training camp roster for World Cup, league sources told @TheAthleticNBA@Stadium. Team USA assembling young, talented squad comparable to 2010 gold medal team.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 23, 2019
As Charania noted in his tweet, Team USA is assembling a group of talented young players. Other players who have recently received invites include Celtics guard Marcus Smart and Bulls forward Thaddeus Young.
Randle, now 24 years of age, is coming off a fine season with the New Orleans Pelicans. In 73 appearances (49 starts), the former University of Kentucky standout racked up averages of 21.4 points in 52.4 percent shooting from the field (34.4 percent from beyond the arc), 8.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 30.6 minutes per outing.
Brown, who will be entering his fourth season of NBA service, played in 74 games with the Celtics, turning in averages of 13.0 points on 46.5 percent shooting from the field (34.4 percent from downtown), 4.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and just under one steal (0.9) in 25.9 minutes per contest.
There were several notable players who decided to withdraw from this year’s tournament, however, including No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson (Pelicans) and Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards.
The 2019 FIBA World Cup will be hosted in China from August 31 through September 15. In an interesting twist, the group stage of the event has been expanded from 24 teams to 32.