New Zealand are ranked 38th in the world, Greece are eighth, Brazil 12th and Montenegro 28th. "The team that we will assemble will pour their hearts and souls into continuing our proud record on the world stage and honouring Tū Kaha by representing the past, the present and the future in everything we do".
Canada hasn't appeared at the FIBA Basketball World Cup since 2010, when it was the FIBA World Championship. So Ersan Ilyasova, who plans to play for Turkey, knew long before the rest of the group was picked that his country will face a serious challenge. "I hope we will reach to the point that would take the men's team to the Olympics for the first time", Hedo said.
Canada was drawn into a tough Group H for the 2019 FIBA World Cup alongside Lithuania, Australia and Senegal.More news: Dem lawmakers grill Ross on citizenship question - Newswatch
The U.S.is the top-ranked team in the world and coach Gregg Popovich - taking over for Mike Krzyzewski, whose run as head coach ended with three Olympic gold medals and the last two World Cup championships as well - will head to China with a roster filled by National Basketball Association talent.
Former NBA and Team USA star Kobe Bryant, now a World Cup ambassador, told the draw ceremony: "The USA has some really stiff competition".
Canada was placed into Group H, alongside powerhouses Lithuania (seed 6), Australia (seed 11), and Senegal (seed 37).
The Philippines is now ranked 31st, 18 spots lower than Italy and eight slots higher than 39th Angola.More news: Pompeo: Israel Has Right to Defend Itself If Attacked
A United States team packed with NBA stars will begin its bid for an unprecedented third Basketball World Cup title in a row with a clash against debutants the Czech Republic.
The top seven teams at the World Cup will punch their tickets to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
"You might say we have been better in those situations, when no one expects us to do well, we love to be in the fight as an underdog".
"At the start of the game you hear your national anthem being played, you see everyone in the arena with their flags, representing their country and colour".More news: Hexo Set to Gain Ontario Retail Stake with Newstrike Acquisition | INN
Group D games will be staged at Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center in Foshan, China.