Former Oregon Ducks basketball forward Jordan Bell named to USA FIBA World Cup Qualifying Team
Former Oregon Duck forward Jordan Bell was selected to Team USA’s World Cup qualifying squad. He is one of 12 players on the squad that will begin training camp in Washington DC on February 18.
Bell, who played for the Ducks from 2013-2017 and helped lead the program to its first Final Four in 88 years, plays for Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA G-Leagues. He started the 2021-22 season with the Santa Cruz Warriors before signing a 10-day contract with the Chicago Bulls in December.
After his 10-day contract expired, he was acquired by the G-League Warriors and was most recently traded to the Mad Ants on January 31. Bell is the only Team USA player to win an NBA championship, as he helped the Golden State Warriors win the 2018 title.
Jordan Bell Santa Cruz Warriors
G League Ignite guard Dyson Daniels (3) shoots the ball against Santa Cruz Warriors forward Jordan Bell (6) during the first quarter at Chase Center.
Bell is one of 11 Team USA players with NBA regular season experience, including seven-time NBA All-Star Joe Johnson, eight-year veteran Langston Galloway and the Hall of Famer’s son. John Stockton, David Stockton.
Team USA, coached by former Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen, will host Puerto Rico on Feb. 24 and Mexico on Feb. 27 to begin the competition. The team will participate in the second window of World Cup qualifying matches, as the qualifying tournament consists of four preliminary round groups consisting of four teams each.
According to USA Basketball: “With 16 national teams from North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, the Americas Zone 2021-23 FIBA Basketball World Qualifying Tournament features four preliminary round groups, and each group consists of four teams. The top three teams from each group will advance to the second round. After the second round, the top three teams from each group and the fourth-placed team will qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.”
The group of the American team is made up of Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The World Cup qualifying tournament will feature 80 teams from around the world vying for a place in the 2023 32-team World Cup which will take place from August 25 to September 10, 2023 in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.
Bell has been an all-around player for the Mad Ants since they acquired him, averaging 11.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.4 blocks. His last two games have seen monstrous numbers, including a triple-double on February 10 (11 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) and 24 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists on February 14.
He is teammates with another former Duck, KaVell Bigby-Williams, in Fort Wayne. Bigby-Williams was also part of the 2017 Final Four squad.
The 2017 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year played 104 games during his career at Oregon. He had 814 career points, 719 rebounds and a program record 235 blocks. He also finished second in program history with a 61.0% field goal percentage.
Bell was drafted 37th overall in the 2017 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls and was traded to the Golden State Warriors on draft night.
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