Cory Alexander Named Court Coach For 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team Training Camp
Cory Alexander, head coach of Team Takeover AAU in Virginia, today was named as a court coach for the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team training camp that will take place July 24-August 1 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.Alexander most recently completed his second USA Basketball coaching assignment as an assistant coach for the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Select Team that defeated the World Select Team 84-73, in the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit on April 14, in Portland, Oregon. He also served as the USA assistant coach at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit.
“This is very special to me because whenever you get an opportunity to be a part of USA Basketball as a player or a coach, it is of the utmost importance to be associated with the best of the best,” said Alexander who is also a USA Basketball medalist himself, having won a gold and silver medal in 1993 and bronze in 1991.
“It's an honor to get to represent my country once again doing what I love to do,” he continued. “I'm excited about the chance to coach with Don Showalter. Coach Show has been great to me, and taught me so much about the international game in the short periods of time that I've spent with him in the past, and I look forward to learning more. And as a coach, there's nothing more exciting than working with the best players in the country.”
As court coach, Alexander will assist the USA U17 coaching staff of head coach Don Showalter (Iowa City High School, Iowa) and assistant coaches Eric Flannery (St. Edward High School, Ohio) and L.J. Goolsby (KC Run DMC, Kan.) during the first three days of the team’s training camp. The USA Basketball Men’s Developmental Committee is responsible for selecting the coaches.
A former NBA player and University of Virginia star, Alexander also suited up for the USA and is a three-time USA Basketball medalist.
He helped the USA to a gold medal at the 1993 FIBA U21 World Championship in Spain, a silver medal at the 1993 FIBA Americas U20 Championship in Argentina and a bronze medal with the South Team at the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival.
In his four years (1991-92 through 1994-95) at the University of Virginia, Alexander averaged 15.1 ppg., 3.5 rpg., 4.7 apg. and 1.2 spg. in his career. He tallied a 84-45 career record in college, winning an NIT Championship in his first season followed by three-straight NCAA Tournaments, including the 1993 Sweet Sixteen and the 1995 Elite Eight.
As the 29th selection in the 1995 NBA Draft, Alexander first went to the San Antonio Spurs, where he played for almost three seasons (1995-96 through 1997-98). After being traded to the Denver Nuggets in the latter part of 1997-98, he played two more years for the Denver Nuggets (through 1999-00), and then for the Orlando Magic for 26 games in 2000-01. Alexander suited up once again in the NBA, playing for the Charlotte Bobcats in 2004-05.
In his seven NBA seasons, Alexander averaged 5.5 ppg., 1.6 rpg. and 2.7 spg.
He played for Virtus Roma in the Italian and EuroLeagues, as well as for the NBDL Roanoke Dazzle in 2003 and 2004, earning 2003 All-NBDL second team honors.
Alexander also has worked as a commentator for the ACC network, and since 1995 he has run the Cory Alexander Basketball School in Richmond, Virginia. In 2011-12, Alexander was an assistant basketball coach at Hampden-Sydney College.
Originally from Waynesboro, Virginia, Alexander went to high school at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, where he was named a McDonald’s All-American, Parade Magazine All-America first team, Mr. Basketball of Virginia and the Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year as a senior in 1991.
He graduated in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
2014 FIBA U17 World Championship
USA Basketball qualified for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship by virtue of a gold-medal finish at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The 2013 USA U16 National Team posted an unblemished 5-0 record at the qualifying tournament, held June 11-15 in Maldonado, Uruguay. Led by Showalter, and assisted by Flannery and Goolsby, the U.S. featured a well-balanced attack that averaged 106.8 points a game and won its five contests by a 53.4-point margin of victory as Malik Newman (Callaway H.S. / Jackson, Miss.) collected tournament MVP honors.
The 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship For Men will feature 16 national teams that qualified through their FIBA zone tournaments. The 12-member 2014 USA Men’s U17 World Championship Team will be selected by the USA Men’s Developmental National Team Committee during the training camp. Only athletes born on or after Jan. 1, 1997 are eligible.
2010 was the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship for Men. The USA captured gold with a perfect 8-0 record and Brad Beal was tabbed MVP of the tournament of the biennial event. In 2012 Jahlil Okafor earned MVP honors and was joined on the all-tournament team by Justise Winslow as the U.S. again rolled up a perfect 8-0 slate en route to gold. The USA qualified for this event by winning the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
USA U17 World Championship Team players of note include: Beal (2010), Quinn Cook (2010), Tyus Jones (2012), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2010), James Michael McAdoo (2010), Okafor (2012), Jabari Parker (2012) and Winslow.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball, chaired by Jerry Colangelo, 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.
During the 2009-12 quadrennium, 1,273 male and female players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball teams and trials, and USA Basketball 3x3 FIBA championships.
USA Basketball men's and women's teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 262-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games.
USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics; men's and women's FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup); men’s and women’s FIBA U19 and U17 World Championships; men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; the FIBA 3x3 Women's World Championship; and the FIBA 3x3 Women's U18 World Championship. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world-ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.
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