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The Journal Gazette

Monday, June 25, 2018 9:00 pm

Hearn, McKinney Jones on USA World Cup Qualifying team



Former Snider standout Reggie Hearn and the Mad Ants' Trey McKinney Jones were two of 12 players, all with G League experience, named to the USA World Cup Qualifying Team on Monday.

Hearn, who also played at Northwestern, was on the Grand Rapids Drive last season.

USA Basketball announced the roster after four practices, and the team will compete in the third window of FIBA Americas World Cup Qualifying. The U.S. will face Mexico (2-2) on June 28 in Mexico City and play Cuba (0-4) on July 1 in Havana.

Hearn also represented the USA at the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup and helped lead the U.S. to the gold medal with a 5-0 record. He also played on the 2017 USA World Cup Qualifying Team that finished 2-0.

McKinney Jones was selected to the roster after previously having to withdraw from the February USA World Cup Qualifying Team training camp due to signing 10-day contracts with NBA teams.  

Under coach Jeff Van Gundy's roster was: Xavier Munford, Amile Jefferson, David Stockton, Alex Caruso, Taylor Braun, Jonathan Holmes, Kevin Jones, Nick Johnson, Rashawn Thomas and Marcus Thornton.

This is the first window of games in FIBA's new qualifying system that didn't fall during the season. Some NBA players have joined their national team rosters, but the Americans opted to remain with G Leaguers, as they did in the previous four games.