Samson Kayode Joins USA Basketball As Men’s National Team Assistant Director
Samson Kayode, who worked as a video coordinator and college scout for the NBA Detroit Pistons for the past two years and in a support staff role for several USA Basketball men’s teams between 2010 and 2014, today was announced as the USA Basketball Men’s National Team Assistant Director. He will begin in his new position on Sept. 6.
Kayode replaces B.J. Johnson, who will join the NBA Brooklyn Nets as coordinator of player evaluation.
“We are very excited to have Samson join USA Basketball,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. “We look forward to having Samson contribute and help continue to build the legacy of the USA Basketball men’s junior national teams, which includes not only gold medal efforts on the court, but understanding what it means to represent the United States with sportsmanship and high character.”
Kayode will assist the USA Basketball Men’s National Team in all facets, but his primary focus will be on continuing to develop the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team program. He will coordinate athletes and staff involved in men's junior team training camps, exhibition games and international competitions.
Since FIBA’s initiation of U16 and U17 championships in 2009, the USA men are a perfect 50-0 and have won gold in all four FIBA U17 World Championships and all four FIBA Americas U16 Championships. All told since 2009, the American men are 102-2 in FIBA U19 and U17 World Championships and FIBA Americas U18 and U16 Championships.
“It's an outstanding privilege to be a part of such a well-respected organization as USA Basketball,” Kayode said. “I'm honored and eager to embark on this journey and continue the excellence USA Basketball has created for its Junior National Teams.
“It is my utmost priority to maintain the winning attitude, humility and team-first mentality that’s instilled within this organization. In addition, my goal is to implement some of the leadership qualities I attained over the last four years under the tutelage of coach Mark Jackson and Stan Van Gundy, which is to work smart, hard, build honest and effective relationships and deliver the right results while working with staff, families and, most importantly, our players.”
Prior to working for the Pistons, Kayode worked as a video intern for the Golden State Warriors for two years (2012-2014).
With USA Basketball, he served as support staff for the men’s 2010 USA U18 National Team, the 2011 U16 National Team, the 2012 U17 World Championship Team, the 2013 U16 National Team, the 2013 World University Games Team, the 2013 USA Select Team, which was comprised of NBA players, and the 2014 U17 World Championship Team.
While earning his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from New Mexico State University, he served as the men’s basketball video coordinator (2010-2012).
Obtaining his bachelor’s degree in physical education at Morgan State University in 2007, Kayode was a men’s basketball team manager from August 2005-2006, and a video coordinator who aided in the team’s operations from August 2006 to May 2009.