Kentucky now has zero representatives on Team USA as they chase gold at the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
This afternoon, Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox withdrew from the team to “focus on [the] upcoming season with [a] goal of making [the] playoffs,” per Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.
Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox will withdraw from Team USA to focus on upcoming season with goal of making playoffs, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) August 17, 2019
Last night, Team USA took on Spain in an exhibition game, winning by a score of 90-81. In the victory, Fox played a team-low 6:11, finishing with just two points and one assist.
With Fox now gone, USA is down to 13 active players, with no former Kentucky players on the roster going into the team’s training camp and exhibition slate in Australia next week:
- Kemba Walker
- Jayson Tatum
- Khris Middleton
- Myles Turner
- Donovan Mitchell
- Jaylen Brown
- Kyle Kuzma
- Brook Lopez
- Mason Plumlee
- Joe Harris
- Harrison Barnes
- Derrick White
- Marcus Smart
Bam Adebayo was released following the Team USA intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 9, with Anthony Davis and Julius Randle both withdrawing from the team at various points back in July. Devin Booker was also expected to be on the roster, though the former Wildcat’s agent reportedly notified Team USA director Jerry Colangelo back in May that his client would not accept an invitation, opting to focus on getting healthy and ready for the 2019-20 season instead.
Before long, Team USA will be taking open tryouts to fill roster spots prior to the official FIBA World Cup in Shanghai, China, which will take place from August 31 through September 15.