LOS ANGELES (AP) — De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings surprisingly withdrew from USA Basketball’s nationwide group Saturday, which means the People now have 13 candidates for the 12-man World Cup roster.

Fox advised USA Basketball of his selection a couple of hours earlier than the group was to fly to Australia for ultimate preparations for this month’s event in China. Fox was within the group’s plans for the Australia journey, and it was believed he would have been a powerful candidate for the World Cup squad.

Fox performed a team-low six minutes within the People’ 90-81 win over Spain in a pre-World Cup exhibition at Anaheim, California, on Friday evening. He had two factors and one help, and the U.S. outscored Spain by 10 factors in his temporary stints on the ground.

After the sport, he gave no indication he was fascinated by leaving the group.

“It is enjoying on your nation and on the highest stage,” Fox advised the Los Angeles Occasions. “It is us rising collectively as we try to take the subsequent step in our careers.”

Hours later, Fox was headed in a distinct route.

Fox was picked final month to be on USA Basketball’s choose group — the younger gamers introduced in to scrimmage throughout coaching camp in Las Vegas in opposition to the national-team candidates, with the understanding that any of the choose squad members could possibly be elevated to the varsity.

Fox by no means even made it to the choose group. He was pulled into observe with the nationwide group from the outset of camp, and had 12 factors, three rebounds and three assists within the intrasquad scrimmage Aug. 9.

“He has unimaginable pace,” USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich mentioned throughout coaching camp. “I am pondering and hoping that folks have a tough time staying in entrance of him. He is obtained a excessive intelligence stage, he shoots it nicely sufficient and he needed to be right here. So all these issues got here collectively in us inviting him and he is performed nicely.”

Then Fox modified finally modified his thoughts, and have become the most recent participant to drag out of World Cup consideration.

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