Quick note here on the coaching front. Florida coach Billy Donovan will coach at the FIBA Amercias U18 Championship this summer. He’ll lead the U18 team and have Mark Few and Shaka Smart on his staff.
Florida announced the news on Tuesday.
The competition will be held in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso, Brazil, from June 16-20.
“It’s always an honor to be selected to represent your country, and I’m incredibly thankful for this opportunity to be a part of USA Basketball,” Donovan said in a statement. “I have great respect for Shaka Smart and Mark Few, and I’m looking forward to working alongside them.”
So who will Donovan, Smart and Few coach? That’s to be determined, as two and a half dozen players from around the country will try out for the team in early June at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The team will be comprised of a mix of incoming college freshman and high school seniors. If you’re wondering, the answer is yes: This can be an effective recruiting tool and can set up Donovan to possibly work his way toward coaching in bigger USA Basketball events in years to come.
The United States won this event the last time it was held, in 2010, and has taken the gold at every competition since 1990 save for 2008 and 2002.
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