Bam Adebayo and De’Aaron Fox are two of 17 players participating in USA Basketball Training Camp in Las Vegas, which will determine the 12-man roster that will compete in the FIBA World Cup in China in September. Both former Cats were late additions to the training camp roster, but based on the first two days of practice, they’re already turning heads.
USA Basketball Managing Director Jerry Colangelo praised Fox’s quickness, which he said resulted in a lot of tired teammates after day one. Video via ABC10:
Tony Jones, who covers the Utah Jazz for The Athletic, wrote yesterday that Fox was one of the standouts from the first two days, along with former Louisville star Donovan Mitchell:
Hearing from multiple sources that De’Aaron Fox and Donovan Mitchell have been standouts in the first two days of Team USA training camp. Nobody has consistently been able to stay in front of Fox
— Tony Jones (@Tjonesonthenba) August 6, 2019
Meanwhile, Bam Adebayo’s jumper looks lethal:
Bam Adebayo TOOK OVER 1-on-1's at Team USA Camp. Quit sleeping. ? pic.twitter.com/pgAnyPPSxZ
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) August 7, 2019
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) August 6, 2019
He’s even extended his range to the three-point line:
An update from Vegas:
36 seconds left in a practice scrimmage and a guy just made a step back 3 for a 26-24 lead.
The guy is named Bam Adebayo.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) August 5, 2019
Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo included both Bam and Fox on his list of players he believes will make the final cut.
“It’s possible that Fox’s candidacy is somewhat contingent on Lowry’s health status—if the latter can’t go, the Kings’ 21-year-old playmaker is a natural choice at backup point guard. But if Lowry makes the trip to China, the fourth backcourt spot figures to be a battle between Fox and Marcus Smart, both bigger guards who are willing to defend at a high level and can conceivably fill the same role. Fox is the more talented player, and if it were up to me, his gamebreaking speed and improved outside shooting would earn him the nod here.”
“In past tournaments, Team USA has often carried a third center to help contend with the best international bigs, and Adebayo gets the final spot on this hypothetical roster with his ability to play uptempo, defend on the perimeter, and handle the dirty work. His athleticism and natural rim-running ability differentiates him from the more plodding Turner and Lopez, and could make him a nice change-of-pace option on either side of the ball, depending on game flow.”
On Friday night, you can see Bam and Fox for yourself in Team USA’s intrasquad scrimmage, which airs on NBATV at 10 p.m. ET.