Tuesday April 17, 2012Donovan Selected as USA Basketball Head Coach for 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship
Florida menís basketball head coach Billy Donovan has been selected by the USA Basketball Menís Junior National Team Committee to serve as head coach at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, held June 16-20 in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso, Brazil. The coaching staff will also include Gonzaga head coach Mark Few and VCU head coach and former Gator assistant Shaka Smart as assistant coaches.
ďItís always an honor to be selected to represent your country, and Iím incredibly thankful for this opportunity to be a part of USA Basketball,Ē Donovan said. ďI have great respect for Shaka Smart and Mark Few, and Iím looking forward to working alongside them.Ē
Training camp will open on June 5 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., with approximately 25-30 players competing for roster spots. Finalists will be selected after the first three or four days of training camp, which will continue through June 12. The final 12-man roster will be selected prior to the teamís departure for the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
In order to be eligible for the championship, players must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1994. The USA is the reigning champion from the 2010 U18 tournament, while the USA brought home silver in 2008.
Eight teams will compete in the 2012 U18 zone qualifier, including the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The top four finishing teams in the tournament will qualify for next summerís 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship.
In the hunt for a sixth gold medal, USA men's teams are 38-2 overall in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship (formerly known as the Junior World Championship Qualifier), and have won gold in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010, silver in 2008 and bronze in 2002.
In addition to chair Jim Boeheim (Syracuse University), the USA Basketball Menís Junior National Team Committee includes NCAA appointees Lorenzo Romar (University of Washington), Bruce Weber (Kansas State University) and Roy Williams (University of North Carolina), as well as athlete representative Jay Williams (2002 USA World Championship Team).
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.