COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Former Chattanooga Mocs men’s basketball sharp-shooter and current NBA G League member Matt Ryan (’20) has been selected to USA Basketball’s February 2022 FIBA World Cup Qualifying Team, the organization announced on Tuesday.
The USA squad will open training camp Feb. 18 in Washington, D.C., and will participate in the second competition window of 2021-23 FIBA World Cup Qualifying games that will see the Americans face Puerto Rico (1-1) on Feb. 24 and Mexico (2-0) on Feb. 27. Both games will be played at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C.
Tickets for both games are now on sale and range from $10 (plus Ticketmaster fees) to $100 (plus Ticketmaster fees) for courtside seating. For ticket information, visit Ticketmaster or USAB.com/tickets. The full 2021-23 FIBA World Cup Qualifying schedule is available here.
In similar fashion to his Chattanooga days, Ryan currently averages 18.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for the Grand Rapids Gold squad of the NBA G League. He’s posted three games with 33+ points and an additional four games with 21+ points for the Gold since January 5.
During his time 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 marked just the 16th 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 on 88 made threes during the season, which marked the most for a Moc since 2011, and featured 25 games with multiple treys. His 10-straight game streak of two or more threes tied for the fourth-longest run in program history. Ryan was selected the 2019-20 All-Southern Conference Second Team.
Matt Ryan will be returning to the Roundhouse to pay a visit to the current squad’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.
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2021 USA World Cup Qualifying Team & Coaches
Selected for the February 2021 USA World Cup Qualifying Team were 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) and Justin Wright-Foreman (Birmingham Squadro/Hofstra).
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. Also returning to the sidelines as assistant coaches are USA Basketball experienced coaches Ty Ellis and Othella Harrington.
About 2021-23 FIBA World Cup Qualifying
Featuring 16 national teams from North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, the 2021-23 FIBA World Cup Qualifying Tournament for the Americas zone 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. Following the second round, the three top teams from each group, and the top fourth-placed team, will qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.
The USA was drawn into Group D, and is 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 consists of Bahamas, Canada, Dominican Republic and U.S. Virgin Islands.
A total of 80 national teams from FIBA’s four regions will compete in the FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers over 15 months, looking to earn a qualifying berth into the 32-team FIBA World Cup competition that will be held Aug. 25-Sept. 10, 2023, in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia. The 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup marks the first time multiple countries will host the event.
Under the FIBA World Cup qualifying format, two games per window will be played and a total of six windows will be held to qualify teams for the 2023 World Cup. Each competition window is nine days. The first-round competition windows dates were Nov. 22-30, 2021; Feb. 21-March 1, 2022; and June 27-July 5, 2022; while the second-round dates are set for Aug. 22-30, 2022; Nov. 7-15, 2022; and Feb. 20-28, 2023.
Each FIBA zone will qualify a set number of teams for the 2023 World Cup. Japan and the Philippines automatically will qualify for the 2023 World Cup as host countries, and Indonesia automatically will qualify as a host if it is among the best eight teams out of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup. 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, depending on Indonesia’s results at the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup; and the top 12 teams from Europe will qualify for the 2023 World Cup.
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