USA Basketball has announced that Charlotte Hornets forward Dwayne Bacon has been selected as one of 14 players who will vie for a roster spot with the USA’s September World Cup Qualifying Team.
Bacon and the other 13 hopefuls will open training camp on Sept. 6 at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center. The Las Vegas training camp will be used to determine the 12-man team for the USA’s first competition window of FIBA World Cup Qualifying second-round games.
The U.S. will square off against Uruguay on Sept. 14 (10 p.m. EDT) at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion, then meet Panama on Sept. 17 in Panama City. The player selections were made by the USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team Committee.
Hornets released the following statement regarding Bacon.
“Bacon, a 6-7 forward from Florida State, was acquired by the Hornets in a trade with New Orleans on the night of the 2017 NBA Draft. As a rookie with Charlotte in 2017-18, Bacon appeared in 53 games (six starts) and averaged 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game. He scored a career-high 18 points at San Antonio on Nov. 3. In four games with the Greensboro Swarm, the Hornets G League affiliate, Bacon averaged 26.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 35.8 minutes per game.”
“Bacon set the Swarm’s single-game scoring record with a 45-point performance against the Wisconsin Herd on Dec. 28. Bacon appeared in five games (all starts) for Charlotte’s entry in the 2018 NBA Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 18.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 31 minutes per game,” a statement read.
Catch the 2018 FIBA World Basketball show on Fox Sports 2 at 02h30 CAT on Friday.