Credit: VTB League
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USA Basketball announced its 12-man roster for the February 2021 USA World Cup Qualifying Team.

Tarik Black

Tarik  Black
Team: Denver Nuggets
Position: C, PF
Age: 30
Height: 206 cm
Weight: 115 kg
Birth place: Memphis, United States of America

The USA will host Puerto Rico on February 24 and Mexico on February 27 in Washington.

The national team features 11 athletes possessing NBA regular-season experience.

Former NBA head coach Jim Boylen, who directed the USA team during the November 2021 World Cup Qualifying games in Chihuahua, Mexico, will again serve as head coach of the USA Basketball Men's World Cup Qualifying Team.

All members of the roster:

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

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

Justin Wright-Foreman - Birmingham Squadro/Hofstra

Five USA players boast of professional playing experience overseas, including Black (Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, Zenit St Petersburg), Bowen (Sydney Kings), Stockton ( New Zealand Breakers, Cedevita, Medi Bayreuth, Mets de Guaynabo), Watson (BG Goettingen), and Wright-Foreman (Socar Petkimspor, Chorale Roanne Basket).

Tarik Black is the best-known name there. He finished the 2020-21 season with Zenit, reaching the EuroLeague playoffs. The 30-year-old averaged 5.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 15 minutes over seven EuroLeague contests.

Prior to Zenit, Black played for Maccabi Tel Aviv, posting 11.0 points and 5.4 rebounds during the 2018-2019 season and 9.1 points on 61.8% two-point shooting plus 4.8 rebounds in 11 EuroLeague games in the 2019-20 campaign, which was cut short for him due to injury and for all teams involved because of the pandemic.

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