He captured our hearts in Charlottesville. He did it again in Brooklyn. And now he’s going global as former Virginia Cavaliers’ star Joe Harris has made the 12-man USA Men’s World Cup Team roster, which was released on Saturday!
JOE IS HEADED TO CHINA!— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) August 24, 2019
Congratulations to our guy Joe Harris on making the final @usabasketball squad for the @FIBAWC!!! #USABMNT pic.twitter.com/19hrwuUVYB
The Brooklyn Nets 3-pointer marksman will be joined by 2016 Olympic gold medalist Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings); Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics); Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks); Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks); Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz); 2014 World Cup gold medalist Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets), Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics); and Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).
The team is coached by USA and San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, and USA assistant coaches and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright.
This is Joe’s first time on a Team USA roster as the Americans wrap up their training in Australia with three more practices and a final exhibition against Canada on August 26.
The 32-team FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 tournament starts up on August 15 and will run through September 15 in China. The United States is the two-time defending World Cup champion and currently the No. 1 ranked team in the world by FIBA.
The US is in Group E with the Czech Republic, Japan, and Turkey and will open with the Czech Republic on Sunday, September 1 in Shanghai. They’ll then face Turkey on Tuesday, September 3, followed by Japan on Thursday, September 5. All three games for the US are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. ET.
Harris had played at least 19 minutes in all four of Team USA’s exhibition games, including in the final seconds. He scored three points in the team’s loss to Australia, the first time 11th-ranked Australia had ever beaten the US. For the US, it was the team’s first loss after 78 straight international victories.
They’ll get one more tune-up game before heading to China. You can see the full draw and schedule here.