United States' Myles Turner drives to the basket during their exhibition basketball game against Australia in Melbourne, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

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Former Texas standout Myles Turner named to Team USA roster for World Cup

Posted August 24th, 2019

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Myles Turner was a star at Euless Trinity, then at Texas and now with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. Next up: Team USA.

Turner got the final roster spot on the United States’ 12-man World Cup roster after it was determined Kyle Kuzma had a left ankle injury, according to a report posted on NBA.com.

Gregg Popovich, who guides the San Antonio Spurs, is Team USA’s head coach. The final roster also includes Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings), Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks), Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics) and Derrick White (Spurs).

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Team USA will continue its World Cup preparations this week in Sydney, Australia. The team’s final exhibition game is Monday against Canada.

Popovich’s team has some work ahead. On Saturday, Team USA suffered a 98-94 loss to Australia for the program’s first defeat in international competition in 78 games. Americans had not lost in a major international tournament or exhibition since the 2006 world championship semifinals against Greece.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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