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FIBA World Cup 2019: Bradley Beal invited to USA Basketball men’s national team training camp roster, according to report

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Beal could be the first Wizards player to play for the USA Basketball men’s national team in world competition since Antawn Jamison in 2006.

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Bradley Beal could be the first Wizards player since Antawn Jamison in 2006 to represent the team in a USA uniform.
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The USA Basketball men’s national team will look to defend its 2014 FIBA World Cup title. And according to Adrian Wojnarowski, Bradley Beal will be one of several players to get an invite to try out for the national team in this summer.

The biggest stars expected to attend camp and make the team are Pelicans center Anthony Davis and Rockets guard James Harden.

Beal will face plenty of competition to make the final 12-man roster for the World Cup. Though he is coming off his strongest season statistically, he may still find it difficult to make the roster against the likes of CJ McCollum, Eric Gordon, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell and Kemba Walker, all of whom are reported to attend.

USA Basketball may also be weary about Beal’s commitment to FIBA tournaments. He turned down an invite to play on the actual 2016 Olympic team which I found unfortunate. Yes, he had a contract extension looming, but it can be enough to convince a selection committee NOT to pick him in a 50/50 situation.

Either way, he’s fortunate that USA Basketball didn’t decide to just NOT invite him because of 2016. So though I sound like I’m admonishing Beal, I’m still happy that he still has a chance to play for the World Cup in a USA uniform.

If Beal makes the World Cup roster, he will be the first Wizards player to represent the United States since Antawn Jamison in 2006.

The FIBA World Cup is from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15, 2019. The Americans are in Group E and will begin group play against the Czech Republic on Sept. 1. The Czechs have current Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky on the roster, but it’s unclear if he’ll still be in Monumental Red next month.