The University of Florida and USA Basketball announced today that men’s basketball head coach Billy Donovan will lead Team USA at the 2012 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championships.
Team USA is the reigning champion from the 2010 tournament, beating Brazil 81-78 in the championship game on a last second three pointer by Baylor swingman Quincy Miller. In 2008. the Americans took silver after falling to Argentina in the finals, despite a tournament MVP performance from Kemba Walker.
This will be Donovan’s second opportunity to work with USA Basketball. He worked with the U-19 team at a training camp last June while the team was preparing to compete in the Men’s U-19 World Championships.
Donovan will be assisted by Gonzaga head coach Mark Few and VCU head man Shaka Smart, who is a former Gators assistant. The coaching staff was selected by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team committee.
The 12-member team will be announced before the team departs for the U-18 FIBA Championships. The tournament will be held from June 16-20 in Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil.