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U.S. National Team to visit Africa for first time on Aug. 27

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The U.S. men's national basketball team will visit the Africa for the first time ever in August according to on July 17.

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The U.S. will travel to Dakar, Senegal, on Aug. 27, and join the Senegal national team in putting on the clinic for boys and girls at the Marius Ndiaye Stadium. The trip to Dakar comes one day after the U.S. plays its final exhibition game in Gran Canaria, Spain, -- against Slovenia -- and just three days before the FIBA World Cup of gets underway on Aug. 30 (in Spain).

"We’re excited about this special opportunity to visit Dakar and learn more about Senegal and its people,” stated Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman. “This will be a terrific experience for our entire group – players, coaches and staff… Hopefully our visit will have a positive impact on the boys and girls who will be involved in the clinic. I’m sure this will be an incredible experience for everyone.”

While in Senegal, the Americans will also tour Senegal’s Gorée Island and finishes its visit by attending a reception hosted by the Senegalese government.

The U.S. will open training camp on July 28-Aug. 1, needing to cut six players to get down to the 12 player limit. Following training camp, the U.S. will take a 12-day break and reassemble in Chicago, Illinois, on Aug. 14. The team will play an exhibition game against Brazil at the United Center on Aug. 16.

The team will continue their World Cup preparations in Aug. 18-22 in New York City. The USA’s training will include a practice Aug. 18, at the United States Military Academy as part of USA Basketball’s ongoing Hoops for Troops program. On Aug. 20, the Americans will play the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden. The U.S. will return to the court and face Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 22.