USA Basketball Veteran Coach Mike Jones Added To 2016 USA U17 World Championship Team Staff
A member of six previous USA Basketball coaching staffs, DeMatha Catholic High School (Md.) head coach Mike Jones has been selected to serve as an assistant coach for the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team. Jones replaces Sharman White, who is unable to coach the team this summer after accepting an assistant coaching position at Georgia State University. Jones’ selection was made by the USA Basketball Developmental National Team Committee and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.
Training camp to determine the 12-member team will take place June 11-22 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The USA will look to defend gold at the 2016 FIBA Men’s U17 World Championship from June 23-July 3 in Zaragoza, Spain.
Athletes eligible for this team must be 17 years old or younger (born on or after 1/1/99) and U.S. citizens.
“We are very thankful for what Sharman White did for us last summer, and are excited about his opportunity with Georgia State,” said USA Basketball men’s national team director Sean Ford, chair of the selection committee. “Unfortunately he is going to be immersed with his new team and unable to coach for us in Spain. While we are sad to see Sharman leave this team, we are equally thrilled that Mike Jones will once again coach for USA Basketball. Mike is well respected, has a wealth of experience both nationally and internationally, and he worked on Don Showalter’s gold medal-winning staff at the 2011 U16 qualifier and 2012 U17 World Championship. We believe that he will be a great addition to the USA U17 World Championship Team coaching staff.”
“Once again it’s a tremendous honor,” said Jones. “I look at it as an opportunity to be around the best of the best, in terms of coaches and players and USA Basketball as an organization. I’m totally committed to doing my part in making sure that we are as successful as we possibly can be as we go after another gold medal.
“One of the things that will allow me to jump in with both feet is that I’ve been around the training camps and the minicamps over the past couple of years, so I’ve been around these guys and I’m familiar with these guys. And then my relationship with coach Show (Don Showalter) and coach Miles (Simon), it’ll be a seamless transition. I think both of those things will help me. When you throw into it the fact that I’ve been through it before with the (USA World Championship) team back in 2012, I’m ready for it.”
Don Showalter (USA Basketball), who in 2015 coached the USA U16 National Team to a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship, will serve as head coach of the 2016 USA U17 World Championship Team. Also selected to remain on staff after assisting Showalter and the 2015 USA U16 team to a gold medal and a berth in the 2016 U17 World Championship is prep head coach Miles Simon (California Supreme AAU).
A USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Select Team head coach for the 2013 and 2014 Nike Hoop Summit, Jones was an assistant coach in the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit. He also served as an assistant coach for the 2011-12 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team, and was an assistant coach for the East Team that won a bronze medal at the 2004 USA Basketball Men’s Youth Development Festival.
In his first summer as the USA Developmental National Team assistant coach, Jones aided the USA U16 squad to a 5-0 mark, the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship gold medal and a berth for the U.S. into the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship.
The following summer, Jones was on the sideline as the 2012 USA U17 World Championship Team defended the USA's U17 title in Kaunas, Lithuania. In claiming the gold medal with a perfect 8-0 record, the U.S. outscored teams by 39.9 points per game, averaged a tournament-best 100.0 ppg., and held teams to a low of 60.1 ppg.
Jones began working with USA Basketball as an assistant coach for the 2004 Youth Development Festival East Team, which finished with a 2-3 record and the bronze medal.
A 14-year head coach at DeMatha, Jones most recently led his 2015-16 team to a 32-5 record and the 2016 Maryland Private Schools Tournament and 2016 Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament championships.
Jones, who coached the 2016 Development League Rookie of the Year Quinn Cook at DeMatha, has seen a former Stag drafted into the NBA in each of the past three years, including Victor Oladipo in 2013, Jerami Grant in 2014 and Jerian Grant in 2015.
The U.S. will open play June 23 against Taiwan and will face Turkey June 24. Following a day off, the USA will cap preliminary play against Egypt June 26. After playing each of the teams in their preliminary round group, all teams advance to the round of 16 June 28. Winners from the round of 16 advance to the June 30 medal round quarterfinals. The semifinals will be played July 2, and the finals will be July 3.
In addition to Ford, the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee includes high school representatives Herman Harried (Lake Clifton H.S., Md.) and John Olive (Torrey Pines H.S., Calif.); AAU representatives Rich Gray (St. Louis Eagles, Mo.) and Boo Williams (Boo Williams, Va.); and athlete representatives Chauncey Billups, who won gold as a member of the 2010 USA World Championship Team, and Gerry McNamara, a gold medalist on the 2005 USA World University Games Team.
FIBA U17 World Championship for Men
First held in 2010, the FIBA U17 World Championship features the world’s top 17-year-old and younger players. FIBA currently holds U17 World Championships every two years. Under the direction of Showalter, the USA has earned the gold medal in all three editions, compiling a perfect 23-0 record overall.
In the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship for Men, the USA captured gold with a perfect 8-0 record and Bradley Beal was tabbed MVP. In 2012, Jahlil Okafor earned MVP honors and was joined on the all-tournament team by Justise Winslow as the U.S. again captured gold. Most recently the U.S. made it three-straight golds as Malik Newman earned tournament MVP honors and Diamond Stone listed on the all-tournament team.
Also expected to participate in the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship are Argentina, Australia, Bosnia- Herzegovina, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Lithuania, Mali, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey.