Painter to Chair USA Jr. National Team
April 24, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Basketball committees, which will select coaches and athletes for various USA Basketball teams for the 2017-2020 quadrennium, are now in place and include representatives from USA Basketball’s constituent organizations, as well as at least one former USA Basketball athlete representative on each committee.


Men’s and women’s USA Basketball Junior National Team Committees, comprised of NCAA and athlete representatives, will issue invitations for trials and training camps and select coaching staffs and team members for college-aged teams, including USA Basketball U18 and U19 National Teams that will compete in the 2017 and 2019 FIBA U19 World Cups and 2018 and 2020 FIBA Americas U18 Championships, as well as the 2019 Pan American Games. The USA Women’s Junior National Team Committee also will select the staff and athletes for the USA U23 National Team that will compete in August 2017 in the first U23 Four Nations Tournament, an event anticipated to be held annually through 2020.

Purdue University head coach Matt Painter, who was an assistant coach for the gold medalist 2009 USA U19 World Championship Team and a member of the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee from 2013-16, will serve as chair of the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee. Shane Battier, who claimed bronze as a member of the 2006 USA World Championship Team and gold at the 2001 Goodwill Games, will serve as the athlete representative, and joining Painter as representatives of the NCAA are a trio of USA Basketball experienced coaches. NCAA appointees include University of Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, who served as an assistant on the 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team that claimed gold; Providence College head coach Ed Cooley, who served as an assistant coach on the gold medal winning 2015 USA U19 World Championship and 2014 USA U18 Championship teams; and University of Arizona head coach Sean Miller, who was head coach of the 2015 USA U19 World Championship Team and an assistant coach with the gold medalist 2014 USA U18 championship team.

In 2016-17, Painter led Purdue to its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 11 years and its league-best 23rd Big Ten Conference championship. The Boilermakers went 27-8 a year ago and reached the Sweet 16.

USA Basketball
Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and chaired by retired Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, 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 competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety.
 

 

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