And-A: Highsmith, Johnson, USA Basketball, Parsons

USA Basketball added former Sixers two-way player Blacksmith Haywood to its 2021 World Cup qualifying squad, sources told Hoops Rumors. Highsmith will join the team in time for the group training, which runs November 20-25.

Highsmith signed a 10 piece deal with Philadelphia last fall, later joining the G League affiliate in Delaware. In four games with the club, he’s averaged 16 points, six rebounds and two steals, shooting 57% from the ground and 50% from deep.

USA Basketball also recently added former NBA players. Isaiah Thomas and Justin anderson to his list. The team’s first game will be against Cuba on November 28, in a bubble format in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Here are some other junk from the basketball world:

  • Speaking of USA Basketball, former No. 8 pick Stanley johnson received interest in playing with the team, according to Marc Stein of Substack. Johnson decided not to play with the group, choosing instead to join the Lakers G League branch in South Bay. Johnson is working to accelerate a return to the NBA, according to Stein. The 25-year-old has 371 games of NBA experience and played for Toronto last year.
  • Former NBA player Chandler Parsons is still recovering from the serious injuries he suffered in a car crash in 2020, he told TMZ Sports. Parsons, who suffered a brain injury, herniated disc and torn labrum, was reportedly struck by a drunk driver in the collision. “We’ll see,” Parsons spoke of a potential NBA comeback. “Practice, stay in shape, but try to recover from the car crash last year, so we’ll see. ” Parsons last played for the Hawks in the 2019/20 season.