Former men’s basketball player Matt Ryan named to USA Basketball’s FIBA ​​World Cup qualifying squad

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Former Chattanooga Mocs men’s sharpshooter and current NBA G League member Matt Ryan (20) has been selected to the FIBA ​​World Cup Qualifying Squad of February 2022 from USA Basketball, the organization announced Tuesday.

Team USA will open training camp on February 18 in Washington, D.C., and take part in the second competitive window of FIBA ​​World Cup Qualifiers 2021-23 which will see the USA take on Puerto Rico (1 -1) on February 24 and Mexico (2-0) on February 27. Both matches will be played at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C.

Tickets for both games are on sale now and range from $10 (plus Ticketmaster fees) to $100 (plus Ticketmaster fees) for on-court seating. For more ticket information, visit Ticketmaster or USAB.com/tickets. The full FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2021-23 qualifying schedule can be found here.

Similar to his Chattanooga days, Ryan is currently averaging 18.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for NBA G League Grand Rapids Gold. He has posted three games with 33+ points and four more games with 21+ points for the gold medal since Jan. 5.

While at UTC in 2019-20 (graduate transfer from Vanderbilt), Ryan became the first Moc to score 500 (507) points in a season since 2014 and only scored the 16thand 500+ point season in the NCAA DI era (1978) for the program. He scored in double figures 28 times including eight times with 20 or more to lead the team in scoring at 15.4 points per game.

A perennial threat from deep, Ryan connected 88 three games during the season, scoring the most for a Moc since 2011, and featured 25 games with multiple treys. His 10-game streak of two threes or more tied for the fourth-longest streak in program history. Ryan was selected to the 2019-20 All-Southern Conference Second Team.

Matt Ryan will return to the Roundhouse to visit the current team’s historic season on Thursday night when UTC hosts UNCG at 7 p.m. ET with a chance to clinch the Southern Conference regular season title.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE or by visiting/calling (423-266-6627) the McKenzie Arena box office during business hours Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

USA 2021 World Cup qualifying squad and coaches

Jordan Bell (Fort Wayne Mad Ants/Oregon), Tarik Black (Grand Rapids Gold/Kansas), Brian Bowen II (Iowa Wolves), Langston Galloway (College Park Skyhawks/Saint Joseph’s) have been selected for the qualifying squad for the February 2021 World Cup in the United States. , Jared Harper (Birmingham Squadron/Auburn), Joe Johnson (free agent/Arkansas), Juwan Morgan (Maine Celtics/Indiana), Matt Ryan (Grand Rapids Gold/Chattanooga), David Stockton (Memphis Hustle/Gonzaga), Rayjon Tucker ( Wisconsin Herd/Little Rock), Paul Watson (free agent/Fresno State) and Justin Wright-Foreman (Birmingham Squadro/Hofstra).

Former NBA head coach Jim Boylen, who led Team USA in November 2021 World Cup qualifying games in Chihuahua, Mexico, will once again serve as head coach of the NBA. USA Men’s Basketball World Cup Qualifying Team. Experienced USA Basketball coaches Ty Ellis and Othella Harrington are also back on the sidelines as assistant coaches.

About FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2021-23 Qualifiers

Featuring 16 national teams from North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, the Americas Zone FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2021-23 Qualifying Tournament features four preliminary round groups, and each group consists of four teams. The top three teams from each group will qualify for the second round. After the second round, the top three teams from each group and the best fourth-placed team will qualify for the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023.

The United States have been drawn into Group D and are joined by Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Group A consists of Argentina, Panama, Paraguay and Venezuela; Group B is made up of Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay; and Group C includes the Bahamas, Canada, the Dominican Republic and the US Virgin Islands.

A total of 80 national teams from all four FIBA ​​regions will take part in the 15-month FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup Qualifiers, seeking to qualify for the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup competition in 32 teams which will be held from August 25 to September 25. 10, 2023, in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia. The FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023 marks the first time multiple countries will host the event.

Under the FIBA ​​World Cup qualification format, two matches per window will be played and a total of six windows will be held to qualify teams for the 2023 World Cup. Each competitive window lasts nine days. The dates for the first-round competition windows were November 22-30, 2021; February 21-March 1, 2022; and from June 27 to July 5, 2022; while the dates for the second round are set for August 22-30, 2022; November 7-15, 2022; and from February 20 to 28, 2023.

Each FIBA ​​Zone will qualify a set number of teams for the 2023 World Cup. Japan and the Philippines will automatically qualify for the 2023 World Cup as host countries, and Indonesia will automatically qualify as host if they are among the top eight teams in the FIBA ​​Asia Cup 2021. Additionally, the top five teams in Africa; the top seven teams in the Americas; the top five or six teams in the Asia/Oceania zone, based on Indonesia’s results at the FIBA ​​Asia Cup 2021; and the top 12 European teams will qualify for the 2023 World Cup.

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