The Villanova Wildcats aren’t just taking over New York, they’re going worldwide.
On Sunday afternoon, Josh Hart locked in his spot to represent the stars and stripes and round out Team USA’s 12-man roster for the 2023 FIBA World Cup.
The rest of the roster had been unveiled over the last month. Hart will be fellow Villanova products and former teammates Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges, who were previously confirmed roster members.
Hart averaged 9.8 points and 7.8 rebounds during the 2022-23 season. He joined Brunson and the New York Knicks midway through the year, after the Portland Trail Blazers sent him over in a trade. Hart provided a late-season spark and played a key role in helping the Knicks win their first playoff series in a decade.
The 12 players that comprise this year’s team have no prior experience with Team USA’s main national team, but they’ll try to earn redemption after the last American team to compete at the FIBA World Cup.
That 2019 Team USA squad took seventh, which was the lowest placement ever in Team USA history.
The team was assembled by USA Basketball managing director Grant Hill, coach Steve Kerr (who takes over for Gregg Popovich), and general manager Sean Ford.
Training camp will begin on August 3 in Las Vegas. The 2023 FIBA World Cup is set for Aug. 25 to Sept. 10, and will take place in various locations between Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.
The tournament begins with group stage. Team USA is in Group C with Jordan, Greece and New Zealand. The Americans will play their first game of the FIBA World Cup on Aug. 26 in Manila, Philippines against New Zealand.
The 2023 12-man Team USA FIBA World Cup roster
- Paolo Banchero (Orlando Magic/Duke)
- Mikal Bridges (Brooklyn Nets/Villanova)
- Jalen Brunson (New York Knicks/Villanova)
- Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves/Georgia)
- Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana Pacers/Iowa State)
- Josh Hart (New York Knicks/Villanova)
- Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans/Duke)
- Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies/Michigan State)
- Cam Johnson (Brooklyn Nets/North Carolina)
- Walker Kessler (Utah Jazz/Auburn)
- Bobby Portis (Milwaukee Bucks/Arkansas)
- Austin Reaves (Los Angeles Lakers/Oklahoma)