Joe Johnson, Galloway headline USA World Cup Qualifying Team

Returning three players with previous USA World Cup Qualifying or AmeriCup Qualifying experience, and featuring 11 athletes possessing NBA regular season experience, USA Basketball today announced its 12-man roster for the February 2021 USA World Cup Qualifying Team.

Selected for the February 2021 USA World Cup Qualifying Team were Jordan Bell (Fort Wayne Mad Ants/Oregon), Tarik Black (Grand Rapids Gold/Kansas), Brian Bowen II (Iowa Wolves),  Langston Galloway (College Park Skyhawks/Saint Joseph’s), Jared Harper (Birmingham Squadron/Auburn), Joe Johnson (Free Agent/Arkansas), Juwan Morgan (Maine Celtics/Indiana), Matt Ryan (Grand Rapids Gold/Chattanooga), David Stockton (Memphis Hustle/Gonzaga), Rayjon Tucker (Wisconsin Herd/Little Rock), Paul Watson (Free Agent/Fresno State) and Justin Wright-Foreman (Birmingham Squadro/Hofstra).

Former NBA head coach Jim Boylen , who directed the USA team during the November 2021 World Cup Qualifying games in Chihuahua, Mexico, will again serve as head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team. Also returning to the sidelines as assistant coaches are USA Basketball experienced coaches Ty Ellis and Othella Harrington.

The USA squad will open training camp February 18 in Washington, D.C., and will participate in the second competition window of 2021-23 FIBA World Cup Qualifying games that will see the Americans face Puerto Rico (1-1) on Feb. 24 and Mexico (2-0) on February 27. Both games will be played at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C.

Bowen, Johnson and Stockton return after playing with previous USA National Teams in FIBA World Cup or AmeriCup qualifying games. Bowen represented the USA in the 2021 November FIBA World Cup Qualifying games and averaged  10.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in two games.

Johnson suited up for the USA with the February 2021 USA Basketball Men’s AmeriCup Qualifying Team. He started in both games and helped the USA to wins over Bahamas (93-77) and Mexico (95-76) while averaging 11.0 points, a team-high 9.0 rebounds, a team-high 7.5 assists. Johnson was also a member of the  bronze medalist 2006 USA World Cup Team.

Stockton  was part of two USA World Cup Qualifying teams, the February 2018 and June/July 2018 U.S. squads, averaging 10.0 points and 3.0 assists.

While 11 of the USA athletes own prior G League experience, 11 also have NBA regular season experience, including Bell (161 games with  Chicago, Golden State, Minnesota, Memphis and Washington), Black (220 games with  Houston and Los Angeles Lakers), Bowen (12 games with Indiana), Galloway ( 452 games with Brooklyn, Detroit, Milwaukee, New Orleans, New York, Phoenix and Sacramento), Harper (13 games with  New Orleans, New York and Phoenix), Johnson (1,277 games with  Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Houston, Miami, Phoenix and Utah), Morgan (51 games with  Toronto and Utah), Stockton (6 games with  Sacramento and Utah), Tucker (37 games with   Denver, Philadelphia and Utah), Watson (46 games with Atlanta, Oklahoma City and Toronto) and Wright-Foreman (4 games with Utah).

Additionally, Bell, as a member of Golden State Warriors, was part of the 2018 NBA Championship Team.

Five players also boast of professional playing experience overseas, including Black (Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, Israel and Zenit Saint Petersburg, Russia), Bowen (Sydney Kings-Australia), Stockton ( New Zealand Breakers, Australia; Cedevita, Croatia; Medi Bayreuth, Germany; and Mets de Guaynabo, Puerto Rico), Watson (BG Goettingen, Germany), Wright-Foreman ( Socar Petkimspor, Turkey; Chorale Roanne Basket, France).

Blue Coats rout Ignite to move to 8-4

The Delaware Blue Coats (8-4), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeated the NBA G League Ignite (7-5), 120-92, on Monday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. The Blue Coats shot .475 (48-101) from the field, including 18-37 (.486) from three-point range. They pulled down a season-high 54 rebounds and won the battle on the boards 54-41. Delaware also recorded 13 steals, marking their league-leading fourth game with at least 13.

76ers two-way contract player Paul Reed notched his ninth double-double through the team’s first 12 games with 13 points, a game-high 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 31 minutes. Delaware’s Justin Robinson also posted a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 12 assists in 27 minutes. Rookie Braxton Key provided a spark off the Blue Coats bench with a season-high 19 points (8-10 FG, 3-3 3FG), five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a game-high two blocks in 21 minutes of action.

76ers two-way contract player Rayjon Tucker scored a game-high 21 points (8-15 FG, 3-6 3FG, 1-1 FT) with seven rebounds en route to a game-high plus-29 rating. Michael Frazier II added 20 points and four rebounds for the Blue Coats.

Delaware led 69-44 at halftime. Seven Blue Coats scored in double figures for the second time this season (2-0). Delaware’s 34 fast-break points are a new NBA G League season high for a single game.

NBA G League Ignite was led by a double-double from Jonathan Kuminga, who finished with 19 points (5-15 FG, 1-5 3FG, 4-9 FT), 11 rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes. Brandon Ashley and Cody Demps (5-6 FG, 4-5 3FG) each added 14 points.

UP NEXT: The Blue Coats meet the Canton Charge (4-8) on Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET.

Photo:J uan Ocampo (NBAE via Getty Images)

Blue Coats drop second straight after falling to Raptors

The Delaware Blue Coats (7-2), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, fell to the Raptors 905 (6-3), 138-107, on Wednesday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida.

76ers two-way contract player Rayjon Tucker scored a season-high 26 points (9-16 FG, 2-4 3FG, 3-6 FT) with six rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes. 76ers two-way contract player Paul Reed tallied 17 points (8-13 FG, 1-3 3FG), nine rebounds (five offensive), a game-high three steals and a rookie career-high four blocks.

Off the Delaware bench, Jordan Bone scored 15 points and dished out a game-high nine assists with zero turnovers. Rookie Braxton Key scored 10 points in eight minutes on 4-5 shooting from the field and 2-3 from beyond the arc.

Each team had 30 assists in the contest. The Blue Coats swiped 11 steals and have now recorded at least 10 steals in six of their nine games. Raptors 905 outrebounded the Blue Coats 54-35 and shot .542 from the floor, .417 from three-point range and .909 from the free-throw line in the game. They led 70-50 at halftime and had seven players finish with double figures scoring in the victory.

Individually for the Raptors 905, Alize Johnson posted his second game of the season with at least 20 rebounds, totaling 22 points (8-15 FG, 3-3 FT), 20 rebounds and seven assists in 34 minutes of play. Matt Mooney came off the bench to record 22 points (7-10 FG, 5-6 3FG, 2-3 FT) of his own, including a game-high five three-pointers, and a team-high eight assists in 28 minutes. Tres Tinkle put up a rookie career-high 20 points (6-8 FG, 2-4 3FG, 4-4 FT) with seven rebounds as a reserve.

UP NEXT: The Blue Coats will meet the Lakeland Magic (4-5) on Friday at 11:30 a.m. The game can be seen locally on DETV Channel 28 and heard on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM.

Bluc Coats defeat Mad Ants in season-opener

The Delaware Blue Coats (1-0), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, started off their season with a win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (0-2), 124-119, on Thursday afternoon at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. 76ers two-way contract players Rayjon Tucker (22 points) and Paul Reed (20 points) combined for 42 points in the victory, while Jared Brownridge paced all scorers with 28 points (9-19 FG, 4-10 3FG, 6-6 FT) off the Delaware bench. The Blue Coats assisted on 29 of their 40 made field goals.

Reed finished with a double-double in his Blue Coats debut by adding 10 rebounds in 32 minutes of action. The DePaul product got off to a hot start with a team-high 13 first-half points. Tucker added a G League career-high three blocks, including a timely rejection of Fort Wayne’s Naz Mitrou-Long with 2:16 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Brownridge dished out six assists in addition to his big scoring effort. He also converted four free-throw attempts in the game’s final 15 seconds to ultimately seal the victory. Delaware’s Jemerrio Jones notched a double-double in his Blue Coats debut with 10 points (5-10 FG) and a game-high 13 rebounds.

The Blue Coats got it going early in the second quarter, as the team opened the frame with a 13-0 run in the first four minutes to take a 35-23 lead. Delaware led 53-48 at halftime.

For the Mad Ants, Oshae Brissett came off the bench to post a double-double with a team-high-tying 21 points (6-11 FG, 4-4 FT) and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. Naz Mitrou-Long matched Brissett with 21 points (8-15 FG, 1-4 3FG, 3-3 FT) in 29 minutes of play. Like Brissett, rookie Rayshaun Hammonds also posted a double-double off the bench (12 points, 12 rebounds) in the loss.

NEXT UP: The Blue Coats will meet the Santa Cruz Warriors on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET. The Warriors are 0-1 after falling to NBA G League Ignite on Wednesday in the league’s season-opening game. Santa Cruz features NBA veteran Jeremy Lin, who returns to the G League for the first time since 2012. The game can be seen locally on DETV Channel 28 and heard on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM.