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Thursday February 7, 2013Billy Donovan to Lead 2013 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team

Colorado Springs, Colo.

University of Florida men’s basketball head coach Billy Donovan will return as the head coach for the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team, USA Basketball announced today. Mark Few of Gonzaga and former Gators assistant Shaka Smart of VCU will serve as assistant coaches. The 2009-12 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee selected the coaching staff, which also was approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.

 

“It’s such an honor to have this opportunity to represent our country with USA Basketball once again, and I’m really looking forward to it,” Donovan said. “Mark Few and Shaka Smart are both outstanding coaches. I have tremendous respect for them both and am glad for another chance to coach alongside them.”

 

This past summer, Donovan led the USA to a perfect 5-0 record and first-place finish at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. The top four teams from the event earned an invite to the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships.

 

The 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships will be played June 17 – July 7 in Prague, Czech Republic. The FIBA U19 World Championships features some of the world’s best, young talent, and six different countries have claimed a gold medal in the past six U19 World Championships.

 

On January 15 FIBA conducted the draw to determine the four preliminary round pools, and the U.S. has been placed in Group D with China, Ivory Coast, and Russia. The top three finishing teams from each first-round group advance to the second round that will be played July 1-3, where the 12 teams will be divided into two groups. Each team will play the three new teams in its new group, with preliminary-round results carrying over to the second-round standings.

 

Teams finishing in first through fourth places in the second round will qualify for the quarterfinals, with the opportunity to advance to the semifinals and finals. The quarterfinals will be held on July 5, semifinals are slated for July 6 and the gold medal game will be contested on July 7. Game times will be announced by FIBA at a later date.

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