SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The bright young future of the Sacramento Kings is getting a little brighter as two players are hoping to one day compete on the national stage.
Budding Sacramento stars De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley III have each received invitations to participate USA Basketball’s Select Team, sources told ABC10 on Thursday.
Those sources spoke to ABC10 on the condition of anonymity because the Select Team had not been formally announced by USA Basketball.
The Select Team will train and compete at training camp in August, beginning in Las Vegas, with Team USA ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. Many of Team USA’s roster is compiled of players who once competed on the Select Team.
Fox, the Kings’ 21-year-old point guard who was selected with the fifth pick out of Kentucky in the 2017 NBA Draft, averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game last season in Sacramento.
Bagley, 20, was drafted by the Kings out of Duke with the second overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft. He appeared in 62 games and poster per-game averages of 14.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, one assist and one block in 25.3 minutes of action.
Fox and Bagley will compete with Kings teammate Harrison Barnes, who will return for a second stint with Team USA. Barnes is among the 20 finalists for the national team, which will be trimmed to
USA Basketball’s training camp in Las Vegas will take place Aug. 5-9 with a scrimmage taking place on the campus of UNLV on the final day. The roster will be trimmed to 12 for the World Cup, which begins on Aug. 31.