A member of two USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Teams in 2018 and the November 2017 MWCQ team, guard Reggie Hearn today was announced as the 2018 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.
With those three USA teams, Hearn helped USA Basketball to a 5-1 record as the USA continues its quest to qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Additionally, Hearn was one of just three USA World Cup Qualifying Team alumni to be invited to take part in the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s National Team minicamp in Las Vegas.
“It was completely unexpected and kind of came out of nowhere,” Hearn said. “Just to see that I’m included amongst that group (Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, Jameel Warney) is an incredible honor and something I never thought I’d be able to experience. This award goes to me in name, but I want to thank all those people without whom I wouldn’t be here and thank Jesus who created me and created this opportunity for me.”
Overall, Hearn has been a member of four of the five USA World Cup Qualifying teams that have been comprised of G League players, and he was a part of the 5-0 2017 USA AmeriCup Team. He has ranked among the USA’s top four scorers in each of the four completed competitions.
“Reggie continues to demonstrate his commitment to USA Basketball and his passion for playing basketball,” said USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley. “He has been an outstanding contributor on the court and has proven himself a true leader for coach Van Gundy and the USA World Cup Qualifying teams. We truly are grateful for his commitment, and we are proud to celebrate his contributions.”
USA Basketball has presented its Athlete of the Year awards annually since 1980.
Most recently, as a member of the September 2018 USA World Cup Qualifying Team, Hearn, after recovering from a sprained ankle that forced him to sit out of the USA’s win against Uruguay, helped the USA capture a 78-48 win over Panama in Panama City, where he scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point.
Prior to that, Hearn assisted the USA to a 1-1 record in the June/July 2018 window, including a loss to Mexico (78-70) in Mexico City and a win against Cuba (93-62) in Havana. Hearn started in both games, averaged a team second-best 13.0 points to go with 3.5 rebounds in 23.0 minutes per game and shot 9-of-18 (.500 percent) from the field and 7-of-12 (.583 percent) from 3-point. Hearn tied for the USA’s high scorer with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point versus Cuba, and he finished with 10 points and made 3-of-6 3-point shots versus Mexico.
Currently, Hearn is a member of the 2018 USA Basketball November/December Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team, which will take on Argentina at 7:30 p.m. EST on Nov. 29 in La Rioja, Argentina, and Uruguay at 6 p.m. EST on Dec. 2 in Montevideo, Uruguay.
On Jan 15, 2018, Hearn signed a two-way contract with the Detroit Pistons and Grand Rapids Drive. He played in three NBA games for the Detroit Pistons in 2017-18.
All told, in the five World Cup Qualifying games in which he has appeared, he was averaged 12.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 22.8 minutes per game while shooting 55.3 percent from the field and 64.0 percent from 3-point.
Hearn spent time in 2017-18 with the NBA G League Grand Rapids Drive and Reno Bighorns. For the Grand Rapids Drive, Hearn started in 11 of 12 games played and averaged 14.8 points and 5.2 assists in 34.7 minutes per game. For the Reno Bighorns, Hearn started in 10 of 14 games played and averaged 14.7 points and 4.6 assists per in 30.7 minutes per game.
In 2018-19, Hearn is playing for the Stockton Kings, and in seven games played he is averaging 9.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in 28.8 minutes per game (as of Nov. 28, 2018).