On Tuesday, Nov. 14 it was announced that Oklahoma City Blue guard Markel Brown has been selected by Team USA to participate in the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifier.
This is not Brown’s first USA Basketball experience, having competed in the 2011 USA Basketball World University Games Team Trials, but as one of only 12 players selected to play, the magnitude of the honor is not something that is lost on him.
“It means a lot and it’s a special situation to be in,” Brown said. “I am happy to be able to be a part of the Team USA family.”
Team USA will meet in Greensboro beginning Nov. 17 and practice for six days before squaring off against Puerto Rico on Thursday, Nov. 23 inside CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida. After the game, Team USA will travel back to Greensboro for two more practices before playing their second and final game against Mexico at the Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse on Sunday, Nov. 26.
Despite being away from the Blue for nine days, Brown believes the experience will benefit not only himself, but also his Oklahoma City teammates as the year progresses.
“It’s going to help me tremendously, especially being around Jeff Van Gundy and other great players,” Brown said. “I am definitely going to carry over what I learn there and bring it back to my team.”