What started at 33 players, has trickled down to 13. The selection process is heading toward its final stage as Team USA travels to Australia to prep for the 2019 FIBA World Championships. The international hoops tournament officially kicks off on Aug. 31, which means Jerry Colangelo's clock for selecting their final 12 players to represent them in China is ticking down.
Carrying some momentum from a tune-up victory over Spain last Friday, Coach Pop and his staff are looking for players to stand out from the pack. Critics and insiders all have an idea that the shoe-ins to represent the squad will most likely be NBA all-stars such as Donovan Mitchell, Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum. But the real question we should ask is out of the slim pickings of talented ballers auditioning for a spot on the team, who does Colangelo give the nod and who does he cut?
Here’s who we think will be the three players fighting for the final spot on this year’s FIBA World Championship squad.