15 players, including former Gonzaga point guard Jeremy Pargo, were invited by USA Basketball to training camp for the FIBA AmeriCup tournament which begins on Tuesday in Las Vegas.
The AmeriCup is the FIBA Americas region championship tournament. It was last held in 2017, and this year will take place September 2-11 in Brazil.
Pargo is one of 11 players invited who has experience in the NBA, including veterans Jodie Meeks, Norris Cole, Patrick McCaw, Gary Clark, Orlando Johnson, and Frank Mason III.
“Our goal is to always put together a roster of athletes who are ready to play the international style of basketball at the highest level,” USA Basketball men’s national team director Sean Ford said. “These players have a mix of USA Basketball and professional experience that will help us achieve that goal.”
Pargo has a rich history of playing professionally both overseas and in the United States, making him a perfect candidate for this roster.
After four excellent seasons at Gonzaga from 2005-2009, where he averaged 9.3 points and 4.4 assists per game, Pargo spent a few years in Israel before signing with the Memphis Grizzlies for 41 games during the 2011-12 season. He spent the next two years in the NBA with Cleveland and Philadelphia, before heading back overseas and making stops in Israel, Russia, China, Italy, and back in the US with the G-League.
After six years out of the league, Pargo returned for a three-game stint during the 2019-20 season with the Golden State Warriors. He also participated in the Big 3 Tournament in 2019 as well.
Now he’ll get a chance to represent his country in the FIBA AmeriCup, with games coming up against Mexico (9/2) Venezuela (9/4) and Panama (9/5).
The championship, which the US has won seven times, will take place on September 11.
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