Manning Named Court Coach for USA Basketball U18 Team
May 22, 2014
By Scott Wortman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning has been selected as a court coach for the 2014 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team training camp that will take place June 10-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
As one of three court coaches, Manning will assist the USA U18 coaching staff of head mentor Billy Donovan (University of Florida) and assistant coaches Ed Cooley (Providence College) and Sean Miller (University of Arizona) during the first three days of training camp. The USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee is responsible for selecting the coaches.
"It's an honor and a privilege to be involved with USA Basketball again. Having played for Team USA, I know how special it is to represent your country on the basketball court," said Manning. "I'm looking forward to working with a great coaching staff and a talented group of players as they prepare to face some of the best competition the world has to offer."
Manning is no stranger to USA Basketball. He won a bronze medal with Team USA at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. He was also a silver medalist at the 1987 Pan American games in Indianapolis, Ind.
Manning is entering his first season at Wake Forest in 2014-15. Prior to joining the Demon Deacons, Manning spent two seasons as the head coach at the University of Tulsa where he led the Golden Hurricane to the Conference USA tournament title and a berth in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He was named the 2013-14 Conference USA Coach of the Year after leading Tulsa to a share of the league's regular season championship.
Prior to Tulsa, Manning spent nine seasons on the basketball staff at the University of Kansas, his alma mater, including five seasons as an assistant coach.
As a player, Manning was an All-American and national player of the year for Kansas, where he won an NCAA championship in 1988. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers and went on to enjoy a 15-year career in the league, twice being named to the All-Star team and winning the 1998 Sixth Man of the Year Award.
John Moore of Westmont College and Steve Schmidt of Mott Community College were also named court coaches for the U18 team today.
Next month's training camp will be used to select the 12-member roster for the USA team that will play in the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which is scheduled for June 20-24 at the USOTC. A roster of 21 athletes has been announced to attend training camp.
Players scheduled to attend the USA training camp are: Leron Black (White Station H.S./Memphis, Tenn.); Isaiah Briscoe (Roselle Catholic H.S./Union, N.J.); Jaylen Brown (Wheeler H.S./Alpharetta, Ga.); Jalen Brunson (Adlai E. Stevenson H.S./Lincolnshire, Ill.); Kameron Chatman (Columbia Christian School/ Portland, Ore.); Marquese Chriss (Pleasant Grove H.S./Elk Grove, Calif.); Tyler Dorsey (St. John Bosco H.S./ Los Angeles, Calif.); Perry Dozier (Spring Valley H.S./Columbia, S.C.); JaKeenan Gant (Effingham County H.S./Springfield, Ga.); Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S./Fullerton, Calif.); Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.); Luke Kennard (Franklin H.S./Franklin, Ohio); Dwayne Morgan (St. Francis Academy/Baltimore, Md.); Malachi Richardson (Trenton Catholic Academy/Hamilton, N.J.); D'Angelo Russell (Montverde Academy, Fla./Louisville, Ky.); Justin Simon (Temecula Valley H.S./Temecula, Calif.); Myles Turner (Trinity H.S./Bedford, Texas); Rashad Vaughn (Findlay Prep, Nev./Golden Valley, Minn.); Glynn Watson (St. Joseph H.S./Westchester, Ill.); Justise Winslow (St. John's School/Houston, Texas); and Stephen Zimmerman (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.).
The 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean, including: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States and Uruguay. The top four finishing teams will qualify for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.
Chaired by Syracuse University head coach Jim Boeheim, members of the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee include NCAA appointees Bob McKillop (Davidson College), Matt Painter (Purdue University) and Lorenzo Romar (University of Washington); while the athlete representative is Curtis Sumpter, a member of the 2011 Pan American Games 2004 USA U20 National teams.