(Photo: Houston Chronicle)
Former Indiana University basketball star Eric Gordon was selected as one of 20 players to participate in the 2019 Team USA Camp. The group of 20 players will be refined as the team prepares for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World cup hosted in China. Another former Hoosier, Victor Oladipo, was not named to the team, due his continued rehabilitation of his season ending injury sustained in January 2019. The 2007 Indiana Mr. Basketball joins two other Houston Rockets players (Harden and Tucker) invited to the camp.
Coaches for the 2019 World Cup team include head coach Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs), Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors), Lloyd Pierce (Atlanta Hawks), and Jay Wright (Villanova). These coaches will be ultimately making the decision on who advances to make the final roster.
Team USA will go through additional cuts until final roster of 12 is selected.
I’m appreciative of commitment that our National Team players continue to make, and the eagerness of the new players to become involved. Selecting a 12-man team will be extremely difficult. But I look forward to working with all of the players, representing the United States and doing so in a manner that all Americans will hopefully rally behind.Team USA Head Coach Greg Popovich
Eric Gordon was also a participant of the 2010 FIBA World Championship team hosted in Turkey. The then 21-year-old Eric Gordon averaged 8.6 points per game and shot over 45% from behind the arc. Team USA took home the gold by going undefeated in all 9 games, and defeating Turkey in the championship game by a score of 81 to 64.
During the 2018-2019 NBA season Eric Gordon averaged 16.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. The 30-year-old Rockets sharpshooter shoot 40% from behind the arc in the 2019 playoffs and averaged nearly 18 points per game. Despite adding key post-season contributions to his Rockets team, Houston lost in the Western Conference Semi-Finals to the Golden State Warriors.
2019 Team USA Training Camp Invitations
- Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings)
- Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
- Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
- Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)
- Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets)
- James Harden (Houston Rockets)
- Tobias Harris (Philadelphia 76ers)
- Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers)
- Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
- Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks)
- Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)
- CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers)
- Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
- Paul Millsap (Denver Nuggets)
- Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz)
- Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
- P.J. Tucker (Houston Rockets).
- Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers)
- Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets).
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