Rodney Perry Added As Court Coach For 2016 Men’s U17 World Championship Team Training Camp
Avila University (Mo.) head coach Rodney Perry has been named a court coach for the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team training camp.
Perry’s selection was made by the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee, chaired by USA Basketball Men’s National Team Director Sean Ford.
“Rodney Perry brings a wealth of experience both at the collegiate and youth level,” Ford said. “He has a proven track record of coaching success and player development and will be a great addition to our training camp staff as a court coach.”
Training camp for the 2016 USA U17 National Team will feature 38 athletes and will take place from June 11-17 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 12-player USA U17 World Championship Team will play in the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship from June 23-July 3 in Zaragoza, Spain.
With six seasons as a head coach in the books, Perry has put together three seasons at a .500 winning percentage or better for the Eagles men's basketball program. Avila University put together the best record under Perry in the 2015-16 season finishing 20-11 and 13-10 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
“What a great honor and privilege it is for me to be named court coach to represent the USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team,” Perry said. “I am eager to get started and help these outstanding young men reach their ultimate goal.”
Perry will assist the USA U17 coaching staff of seven-time gold medalist head coach Don Showalter from USA Basketball as well as assistant coaches Mike Jones from DeMatha Catholic High School (Md.) and Miles Simon from California Supreme AAU.
Participating in this year’s 2016 USA U17 World Championship Team training camp are: Michael Barber (Jackson Academy/Jackson, Miss.); Jordan Brown (Woodcreek H.S./Roseville, Calif.); Marquis Brown (Simeon Career Academy/Chicago, Ill.); Troy Brown (Centennial H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.); Wendell Carter Jr. (Pace Academy/Fairburn, Ga.); Taeshon Cherry (St. Augustine H.S./San Diego, Calif.); Daejon Davis (Garfield H.S./Seattle, Wash.); Nojel Eastern (Evanaston Township H.S./Evanston, Ill.); Darius Garland (Brentwood Academy/Nashville, Tenn.); Carte'Are Gordon (Webster Groves H.S./St. Louis, Mo.); Justyn Hamilton (Independence H.S./Mint Hill, N.C.); Elijah Hardy (Bishop O'Dowd H.S./Oakland, Calif.); Markus Howard (Findlay Prep, Nev./Chandler, Ariz.); Jaren Jackson Jr. (Park Tudor School/Carmel, Ind.); Brandon Johns (East Lansing H.S./East Lansing, Mich.); Tre Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.); Kevin Knox II (Tampa Catholic H.S./Riverview, Fla.); Romeo Langford (New Albany H.S./New Albany, Ind.); Jaedon LeDee (The Kinkaid School/Spring, Texas); Gerald Liddell Jr. (Cibolo Steele H.S./Cibolo, Texas); Montez Mathis (Oak Hill Academy/Joppa, Md.); Miles Norris (Mater Dei Catholic H.S./San Diego, Calif.); Jaylen Nowell (Garfield H.S./Renton, Wash.); Charles O'Bannon Jr. (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.); Immanuel Quickley (John Carroll School/ Havre De Grace, Md.); Cameron Reddish (Westtown School/Norristown, Pa.); Nazreon Reid (Roselle Catholic H.S./Asbury Park, N.J.); D'Shawn Schwartz (Sand Creek H.S./Colorado Springs, Colo.); Collin Sexton (Pebblebrook H.S./Mableton, Ga.); David Sloan (Ballard H.S./Campbellsville, Ky.); Javonte Smart (Scotlandville H.S./Baton Rouge, La.); Jalen Smith (Mount Saint Joseph H.S./Baltimore, Md.); Gary Trent Jr. (Apple Valley H.S./Burnsville, Minn.); Jarred Vanderbilt (Victory Prep/Houston, Texas); Connor Vanover (The Baptist Prep School/Little Rock, Ark.); Kaleb Wesson (Westerville South H.S./Westerville, Ohio); Austin Wiley (Spain Park H.S./Hoover, Ala.); and Robert Woodard II (Columbus H.S./Columbus, Miss.).
The 20 regular season wins and 13 HAAC wins by Perry’s squad in 2015-16 set single-season records at Avila.
Perry played two years at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith before transferring to Missouri State University, where he helped the Bears to a pair of postseason appearances. In 1992, Missouri State went 23-8 that included a trip to the NCAA Tournament. In 1993, he served as captain for a team that posted a 20-11 mark, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Invitational Tournament.
Perry previously has coached at the Division I level at Duquesne University and Western Illinois University and at the Division II level at Southwest Baptist University.
The Fort Smith, Arkansas native coached for the USA Men’s West Team at the 2012 Nike Global Challenge and at the 2015 Nike Global Challenge.
Perry was named national AAU Coach of the Year after leading the Springfield Rockets U15 team to the 1995 AAU National Championship.
2016 FIBA Americas U17 Championship
The FIBA U17 World Championship features the world’s top 17 year old and younger players. The USA earned its qualifying spot for the U17 worlds last summer by capturing gold at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship with a 5-0 record.
In addition to host Spain, nations qualified for the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship include: Egypt and Mali from FIBA Africa; Argentina, Canada, Dominican Republic and the United States from FIBA Americas; China, South Korea and Taiwan from FIBA Asia; Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, France, Lithuania and Turkey from FIBA Europe; and Australia from FIBA Oceania.
The USA will play in the preliminary round stage in Group A along with Egypt, Taiwan and Turkey.
In 2010, 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 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 captured gold. Most recently the U.S. made it three-straight after winning gold to up the USA's U17 record to 23-0 as Malik Newman earned tournament MVP honors and Diamond Stone listed on the all-tournament team.
Some of the recognizable names who have played for the USA Men’s U17 teams include: Beal (2010); Quinn Cook (2010); Harry Giles (2014), Tyus Jones (2012), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2010), James McAdoo (2010), Newman (2014), Okafor (2012), Jabari Parker (2012), Stone (2014), and Winslow (2012).