By Sadë Mills
Out of 16 NBA, NBA G League and international experienced players, two Bighorns were selected to represent Reno in the USA Basketball Men’s AmeriCup Team training camp.
Bighorns guards Reggie Hearn and Kendall Marshall both showcased their abilities from Aug. 17-24 and were ultimately chosen to play on the official 12-man USA team.
“As a kid I dreamed of playing in the NBA,” said Hearn, “I grew up watching Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley then later Lebron James and Kobe Bryant. The best of the best are the guys wearing USA across their chest and for me to be able to play on a USA team before I play in the NBA is a great opportunity.”
On Sunday, Sept. 3, Team USA brought home the gold where Reggie Hearn totaled 14 points (.571 FG%, .50 FT%, .667 3P%), six rebounds and two assists against Argentina in 27 minutes of action. His Bighorns and USA teammate Marshall played a total of 23 minutes in the final game.
Hearn states, “Getting to play with Kendall again is awesome. When you play with a point guard like him and you’re a shooter like me, it’s great how frequently he puts the ball right where I want it. He’s great at controlling the flow of the team and he distributes the ball to everybody.”
During the 2016-17 season, the 6-5 forward Hearn accrued averages of 13.5 points (.453 FG%, .714 FT%, .442 3P%), 5.3 rebounds in 31.4 minutes. He played with the Sacramento Kings Summer League Team during the 2017 summer, where he averaged 4.33 points, 3.0 rebounds and shot 67% from behind the arc.