May 12, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue men's basketball coach Matt Painter has been selected as one of two assistant coaches of the 2009 USA Basketball U19 World Championships Team, USA Basketball announced today.
Painter will join University of Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, the team's head coach, and Chris Lowery of Southern Illinois University on the USA Basketball coaching staff.
"Anytime you get the opportunity to represent your country, it's a tremendous honor," said Painter. "It's very humbling to be selected to work with USA Basketball. I'm very grateful to be given the chance to work for USA Basketball and also with some very talented young men. I'm also excited to get the opportunity to work with Coach Dixon and Coach Lowery, two coaches for whom I have tremendous respect."
The coaching selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Syracuse University head coach Jim Boeheim.
"This is an exceptional young coaching staff," Boeheim said. "Matt (Painter) has done a great job at Purdue retooling that program and what Chris (Lowery) has done is remarkable. Jamie Dixon has won more games in the Big East Conference than anybody in his first few years of coaching, and there have been a few good coaches in the (Big East) conference. They're young guys who have had a lot of success and I just think it's really a tremendous coaching staff."
Sixteen countries will compete in the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men that will be held July 2-12 in Auckland, New Zealand. Athletes 19-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1990) are eligible for the competition. In addition to host New Zealand, which earned an automatic berth, teams qualified for the '09 U19 Worlds through FIBA Zone qualification tournaments held in 2008.
Sixteen nations will battle for the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men title. The United States has been placed in Group B, along with Egypt, France and Iran. The 12 remaining 19-and-under national teams were distributed as such: Group A includes Angola, Greece, Lithuania and Puerto Rico, Group C consists of Australia, Canada, Spain and Syria, and Group D is comprised of Argentina, Croatia, Kazakhstan and host New Zealand.
The U.S. squad's preliminary round slate opens with a July 2 contest against Iran, followed by France on July 3 and the USA squad will celebrate the Fourth of July by taking on Egypt. The top three teams from each preliminary group will qualify for the preliminary second round, while the fourth place teams will qualify for the classification round to determine 13th to 16th places.
The twelve teams qualified for the second round, which will be played July 6-8, will be divided into groups E and F, with six teams in each group. The top three preliminary round teams from groups A and B will advance to Group E, and the top three from C and D will advance to Group F. Each team will play the three new teams in its new group, with the final scores of all games played in the preliminary round carrying over to determine 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. Teams finishing in fifth and sixth places in Groups E and F will play for ninth through 12th places. The quarterfinals will be held on July 10, semifinals are slated for July 11 and the gold medal game will be contested on July 12.
Trials to select the 2009 USA U19 National Team will be held June 16-18 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The list of players who accepted invitations to participate in the USA U19 Trials will be announced at a later date. Training camp for selected finalists will begin June 19, with the 12-member USA roster being announced prior to the teams' departure for New Zealand on June 25.
In addition to Boeheim, the 2009-12 Men's Junior National Committee, which was formerly known as the Men's Collegiate Committee, includes NCAA appointees Lorenzo Romar (head coach, University of Washington), Bruce Weber (head coach, University of Illinois) and Roy Williams (head coach, University of North Carolina); and Athlete Representative Jay Williams, a member of the 2002 USA World Championship Team.