USA Basketball has revealed that Charlotte Hornets forward Dwayne Bacon has been selected as one of the 12 players for the 2018 USA World Cup Qualifying Team roster.
The team will continue its training through September 13 at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center in Las Vegas, USA.
The USA, playing in the first competition window of FIBA World Cup Qualifying second-round games, will meet Uruguay on Sept. 14 (10 p.m. EDT) at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion before playing Panama on Sept. 17 in Panama City.
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.
Along with Bacon the USA roster is comprised of Bryce Alford (Oklahoma City Blue); Henry Ellenson (Detroit Pistons); Reggie Hearn (Grand Rapids Drive); Isaiah Hicks (New York Knicks); Dakari Johnson (Free Agent); Frank Mason III (Sacramento Kings); Ben Moore (Fort Wayne Mad Ants); Chasson Randle (Capital City Go-Go); Travis Trice (Milwaukee Bucks); Jameel Warney (Texas Legends); and Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).
Catch the 2018 Big3 Basketball show on Fox Sports 2 at 00h30 CAT on Wednesday.