Canada drawn into tough World Cup group with Lithuania, Australia and Senegal

Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk

The World Cup will take place from August 31 to September 15. "Selecting and preparing the US team in a short amount of time will be a challenge and repeating as gold medalists for a third straight FIBA World Cup is something everyone associated with the United States of America team will embrace".

Gilas Pilipinas has been pooled with European squads Serbia and Italy for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Eight teams of the 32 will make the Quarter-Finals and will play single elimination games until a champion is crowned.

Turkey men's basketball team will meet Czech Republic, the USA and Japan in the Group E in 2019 FIBA World Cup group stage.

France, ranked third in the world behind top-rated U.S. and then Spain, are in Group G with the Dominican Republic, Jordan and European rivals Germany.

On the other hand, Italy was the second placed team in Group J. It will most likely field Los Angeles Clipper Danilo Gallinari and San Antonio Spur Marco Bellineli.

"As a basketball player, that's one of the highest points you can get for basketball".

"In my experience, the World Cup is not about the first round - it's all about the second round", Ilyasova said.

Canada will cross over with the top two teams from Group G (Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Jordan) if they are able to advance to the 2nd round.

"That was probably one of the best moments of my career", Gasol said.

Host China is in the easiest group, Group A - where no team is now ranked higher than No. 20.

Host China is in Group A along with Ivory Coast, Poland and Venezuela while Russia, Argentina, South Korea and Nigeria compose Group B.

They have been distributed into 8 pots of four 4 teams each, based on the NIKE FIBA World Ranking Men.

For the first time, the FIBA Basketball World Cup will qualify seven teams directly for the following year's Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The U.S. will be the favorites at the World Cup.

"You might say we have been better in those situations, when no one expects us to do well, we love to be in the fight as an underdog".

"It's a real sense of honour to be playing for your country".

"At the start of the game you hear your national anthem being played, you see everyone in the arena with their flags, representing their country and colour".

On August 31 they play Australia in the opening game of Group H. Lithuania will be their next opponents on September 2nd and they'll round out their first three games with Senegal on September 4th.