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Former Virginia star Joe Harris selected for USA Basketball’s World Cup roster

Harris makes Team USA’s final 12-man team for the first time

<p>Former Virginia guard Joe Harris's shooting will be his greatest asset in China.&nbsp;</p>

Former Virginia guard Joe Harris's shooting will be his greatest asset in China. 

After weeks of practice and exhibition games, USA Basketball announced Saturday that it had finalized the United States Men’s World Cup Team roster. Former Virginia guard Joe Harris was one of 12 players chosen to represent Team USA at the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. 

Harris was initially selected to play for the U.S. national team’s practice squad but was quickly moved up to the senior team by Team USA Coach Gregg Popovich. He proceeded to survive multiple roster cuts to make the final team.

As a small forward for the Brooklyn Nets, Harris was the top three-point shooter in the NBA last season, making 47.4 percent of his attempts. Despite a bumpy start to his professional career that included limited playing time, foot surgery and being cut from the Orlando Magic in 2016, Harris has emerged as one of the deadliest shooters in the league. His inclusion in Team USA’s World Cup roster is a testament to the former Cavalier’s success on the big stage.

Whether he comes off the bench or starts, Harris will be an immediate threat from beyond the arc and play an important role in the United States’ pursuit of a sixth World Cup gold medal. 

The U.S. squad will continue World Cup preparations in Sydney until Aug. 28, including one last exhibition game against Canada Aug. 26, before heading to China.

The 2019 FIBA World Cup will be held from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15. The tournament will feature 32 national teams which will play two round-robin group stages before moving on to a single-elimination format starting with the quarterfinals.  

Team USA’s opening World Cup game will be against the Czech Republic Sept. 1 in Shanghai.


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