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Mike Jones, an experienced USA Basketball coach and a long-time head coach at DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland, will serve as head coach of the USA Nike Hoop Summit Team for a third time in 2018.
“I am truly excited to be working with such a tremendous group of young men who are so talented,” Jones said. “The chance to work alongside (USA assistant coach) Penny Hardaway, knowing his passion for the game and his ability as a coach, is an honor that I don’t take lightly.
“The prior experience I have with USA Basketball, coupled with the playing experience of many of the players with USA Basketball, allows for us all to approach this game with a focus to prepare and represent our country with pride. The future is so bright for these young student-athletes and to have the chance to work with them in their final high school basketball experience is special. I can’t wait to get to work.”
Jones also led the USA Nike Hoop Summit Team in 2013 and 2014, and he served as a USA Nike Hoop Summit assistant coach in 2012 and 2017.
He got his start with USA Basketball as an assistant coach for the 2004 Youth Development Festival East Team. He has won three gold medals with USA Basketball men’s junior national teams, including the 2011 U16 team and 2012 and 2016 U17 teams. He has worked as a coach at the annual USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp seven times (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017).
A 16-year head coach at DeMatha Catholic HIgh School, where he won a national title in 2006, Jones and his 2017-18 squad finished 32-5 and with a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament championship, a Maryland private schools title and the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament championship.
Jones owns an all-time record at DeMatha of 436-111 (.797 winning percentage).
Jones has has won eight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference regular season titles, seven WCAC Tournament crowns, three Maryland Private School Tournament championships, six Abe Pollin City titles and six Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament championships.
In 2016-17, Jones led his team to a 25-9 record. He earned his 400th career win in a 82-75 victory over Gonzaga College High School on Feb. 16, 2017.
A standout player at Old Dominion University from 1991-92 through 1994-95, Jones was a member of the All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) second team and earned CAA All-Tournament team honors in his senior season, in which he averaged 16.5 ppg.
Jones led the Monarchs to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1992 and 1995, and he capped his ODU career with 1,166 points.
Following his career at ODU, Jones tried out for several NBA teams, played professionally in the CBA and International Basketball Association, where he was all-league first team in 1997. He also played professionally in Portugal, Hong Kong, Finland and the Dominican Republic.
Comprised of a mix of returning veterans, with a combined 23 Olympic and World Cup gold medals and an overall 669-39 (.945) winning record in USA Basketball games played, the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s World Cup Team was finalized ahead of the Sept. 22-30 FIBA World Cup in Tenerife, Spain.
The 2018 USA Basketball Women’s National Team earned a hard-fought, unofficial 70-60 scrimmage win over Australia on Wednesday afternoon in Tenerife, Canary Islands.