Team USA arrives at NAIA (Photo courtesy of GMA Network)

Manila – The men’s basketball contingent from the United States has touched down in Manila, marking their presence for the highly anticipated FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 campaign.

With aspirations of redemption following a lackluster performance in the 2019 edition, where they clinched a modest seventh place, the American squad is primed for a fresh start.

Clustered in Group C, they share the spotlight with Jordan, Greece, and New Zealand. Their inaugural showdown is scheduled for August 26th at the Mall of Asia Arena against the Tall Blacks.

Currently seated at the world’s second ranking, the United States has assembled a relatively youthful roster for the FIBA World Cup, featuring seasoned players Josh Hart and Bobby Partis, each aged merely 28.

Included in their twelve-man selection are: Cam Johnson, Walker Kessler, Austin Reaves, Tyrese Haliburton, Brandon Ingram, Jaren Jackson Jr., Paolo Banchero, Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson, and Anthony Edwards.

Preliminary preparations culminated with an exhibition triumph against Germany, with Edwards’ 34-point contribution sealing a 99-91 victory.

Filipino-American coach Erik Spoelstra assumes a coaching role on the Team USA staff, under the guidance of head coach Steve Kerr.

Concurrently in Manila, national squads from Montenegro, Angola, Mexico, Egypt, the Dominican Republic, and Greece have also gathered.

Anticipated to join the fold on Tuesday are Puerto Rico, Italy, Serbia, and New Zealand. (ai/mnm)