The Tall Blacks will play Greece, Brazil and Montenegro at the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Former NBA and Team USA star Kobe Bryant, now a World Cup ambassador, told the draw ceremony: "The USA has some really stiff competition".
Nigeria's men national team D'Tigers have been drawn in pot seven alongside Senegal, New Zealand and Angola ahead of the FIBA Men's World Cup draw coming up on Saturday (today) at the Shenzhen Bay Arena in China. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the 2nd Round and will be placed into a new group with the two top teams from a separate group. This second-stage group will be held in Shenzhen and its top two teams will reach the quarterfinals. 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.
From a disappointing bronze-medal finish in the 2004 Olympics, Team USA reclaimed its lost glory by winning back-to-back gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Games with Bryant in the fold.
France, ranked third in the world behind top-rated United States of America and then Spain, are in Group G with the Dominican Republic, Jordan and European rivals Germany. Third-ranked France drew the Dominican Republic, Germany and Jordan as its early opponents.
"I believe it is going to be a great, competitive tournament", said the 40-year-old, who was given a rousing reception from the 8,000 crowd at the draw and had his name chanted on several occasions.
The U.S. will be the favorites at the World Cup.
The tournament will take place in eight cities in China and begins on August 31, with the final scheduled for September 15.
"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".
Group C consists of Spain, Iran, Puerto Rico and Tunisia.
"It's a greater sense of honor to be playing for your country", Bryant said.
Group D games will be staged at Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center in Foshan, China.
Eight teams of the 32 will make the Quarter-Finals and will play single elimination games until a champion is crowned.