COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Basketball has finalized the 14-player roster for the final round of AmeriCup qualifying later this month, a group that includes Elida graduate Dakota Mathias and NBA All-Stars Joe Johnson and Isaiah Thomas.
Mathias played in eight games with Philadelphia this season. Johnson and Thomas have past USA Basketball experience as well. Johnson was a member of the U.S. team that won the bronze medal at the 2006 World Cup. Thomas was a member of the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s National Team.
The roster includes four other players with NBA regular-season experience: Josh Boone, Treveon Graham, James Nunnally and Jordan Sibert.
Also on the team that will compete in San Juan, Puerto Rico, are Paul Atkinson, Cat Barber, Chris Daniels, Will Davis II, KJ Feagi, Ra’Shad James and Tre’Shawn Thurman.
Former Milwaukee Bucks coach and longtime NBA assistant Joe Prunty will coach the squad, with Othella Harrington and Yale coach James Jones on his staff.
The U.S. is 4-0 in AmeriCup qualifying and has already qualified for the tournament, which will take place in September 2022 and serves as the championship for the teams in the FIBA Americas zone that covers nations from North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean. USA Basketball has won the AmeriCup title seven times in nine previous attempts.