Turkey draws US, Czech Republic, Japan in FIBA World Cup

Andrew D. Bernstein-NBAE

"I hope we will reach to the point that would take the men's team to the Olympics for the first time", Hedo said.

Although that set the standard for USA Basketball, the program began to fall behind other countries.

Serbia, which was the losing finalist in the 2014 Fiba World Cup and is ranked fourth-best in the world, is the favorite to rule Group D.

Derulo was a part of Saturday's draw ceremony for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, which will be held August 31 - September 15 in China.

USA Basketball, who are on a quest for an unprecedented third consecutive FIBA World Cup championship, still doesn't know which players will be wearing the red, white and blue this summer in China.

"I think a lot of teams can pretend to be able to go all the way to the final", said Diaw, who spent 14 years in the National Basketball Association.

Hosts, China, are in Pot 1 alongside the top three teams in the world: USA, Spain and France. So Ersan Ilyasova, who plans to play for Turkey, knew long before the rest of the group was picked that his country will face a serious challenge.

Every team in the 2nd round plays two games against the two team in their group they did not play against in the first round and the top two teams from there will secure a spot in the Quarter-Finals.

For the first time ever the top seven teams from the FIBA Basketball World Cup will earn direct qualification to the Olympics.

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Greece topped a super-group including Serbia and Germany in the World Cup qualifiers.

Lastly, Group F is made up of Dominican Republic, France, Germany and Jordan.

"I believe it is going to be a great, competitive tournament", said the 40-year-old, who was given a rousing reception from the 8,000 crowd at the draw and had his name chanted on several occasions.

"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".

Second-ranked Spain will meet Puerto Rico, Iran and Tunisia in the group stage.

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

Group H plays their preliminary round games in Dongguan, China. The Chinese are paired with Venezuela, Poland and Ivory Coast.

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

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