Coaching Staff For 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team To Include Don Showalter, Scott Fitch And Stan Waterman
Featuring eight-time USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Don Showalter at the helm, the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team coaching staff also will feature assistant coaches Scott Fitch (Fairport H.S., N.Y.) and Stan Waterman (Sanford School, Del.). The coaching staff was selected by the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.
The 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team will look to defend its four-straight gold medals at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Men June 14-18 in Argentina (city to be announced), where another gold medal will be on the line along with a berth into the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup for the top four finishing teams.
Training camp to determine the 12-member roster will take place June 1-10 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who are 16 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 2001).
Since the inaugural FIBA Americas U16 Championship in 2009, Showalter has served as head coach of USA Basketball’s U16 and U17 National Teams, and he has led the USA to eight-straight gold medals and an incredible 50-0 record. He also has directed the annual USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp since 2009.
“I am looking forward to organizing a team comprised of the top U16 players in the country,” Showalter said. “It is a challenge to take the top, young players and instill the USA Basketball culture of teamwork, defense and unselfish play. The FIBA Americas U16 tournament will be extremely competitive. To represent USA Basketball in international competition is the highest honor for any coach and I look forward to the challenge.
“This will be the first USA Basketball experience for both assistant coaches, and I know they are excited to be a part of the U16 team. Each brings excellent credentials and will be great to work with to develop our team.”
Showalter joined the USA Basketball Youth Division in May 2016 as the director of coach development. In 2015-16, he completed his 42nd and final season as a high school head coach and his fourth campaign at Iowa City High School. His team finished 13-10 and as a co-champion of the Mississippi Division of the Mississippi Valley Conference, and Showalter was named the 2016 Mississippi Valley Division Coach of the Year in the MVC.
Fitch has been the head boys basketball coach at Fairport High School in New York since 2001-02, where he had compiled a 274-76 overall record. In his 16 years at Fairport, he has been honored as the Monroe County Coach of the Year five times, the Section V Coach of the Year twice and as the 2007 All Greater Rochester Coach of the Year. He led his team to back-to-back Section V Championships in 2006 and 2007, and to the State Final Four in 2007.
“It is an honor to be selected as an assistant coach for the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team,” Fitch said. “To be a part of an organization that I have so much respect for is humbling. I look forward to making a positive impact, on and off the court, with the young men we have an opportunity to work with. I am also looking forward to joining an elite coaching staff and connecting with the other coaches within USA Basketball.”
Thus far in 2016-17, Fitch has led Fairport to an 19-1 record (as of Feb. 24).
As a player at State University of New York at Geneseo, he earned 1994 NCAA Division III National Player of the Year honors, was a 1993 and 1994 DIII All-American first-team selection, a four-time All-Eastern College Athletic Conference first-team member and the ECAC Player of the Year in 1993 and 1994.
He still ranks for first in SUNY Geneseo all-time history in 13 statistical categories, including career points (2,661), career points averaged (23.9 ppg.), career wins (83), single-season points (752), single-season points averaged (27.9) and single-game points (44).
He is the only player to be inducted into the Section V, Geneseo and Chase Lincoln Hall of Fames and the only athlete to have a jersey retired at Geneseo.
Waterman currently is in the midst of his 26th season as the boys basketball head coach at Sanford School in Delaware, where he has been at the helm since 1991-92 and has served as the dean of students since 1993. He also is the assistant athletic director at the school.
In 2016, after leading his team to a sixth state championship, he was honored by the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association as the recipient of the Tubby Raymond Award as the Delaware Coach of the Year.
“I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the USA Basketball program,” Waterman said. “It is the thrill of a lifetime. I hope to bring leadership, energy, enthusiasm, passion and a knowledge of the game that will help to prepare our team to win a championship.”
Thus far in 2016-17, Waterman has led Sanford to a 12-8 record (as of March 1).
He also led Sanford to state titles in his inaugural campaign in 1992, in 2002 and to three-straight championships from 2010-2012.
As a player at Howard Career Center High School (Del.), he helped his team reach the state championship game in 1981 and the semifinals in 1983.
He played Division I basketball at the University of Delaware and earned a degree in sociology before becoming an assistant coach at Sanford for one season in 1990-91.
The 2017-20 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee is responsible for selecting the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team coaches and players. Chaired by USA Basketball men’s national team director Sean Ford, the committee also includes National Federation of High Schools representative John Olive (Torrey Pines H.S., Calif.); AAU representative Boo Williams (Boo Williams AAU, Va.); athlete representatives Keith Langford and Damien Wilkins; and at-large representatives Evan Daniels (Scout.com/FOX Sports) and Eric Flannery (St. Edwards H.S., Ohio).
2017 FIBA Americas U16 Cup For Men
The 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Cup for Men will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean competing June 14-18 in Argentina (city to be announced). The top four finishing teams will earn a berth into the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup for Men.
Qualified to compete at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Cup are: Canada and the United States as the North American entries; Puerto Rico (gold medalist), Dominican Republic (silver medalist) and Mexico (bronze medalist) from the 2016 Centrobasket U15 Championship; and Argentina (gold medalist), Paraguay (silver medalist) and Venezuela (bronze medalist) from the 2016 South American U15 Championship.
USA Basketball has claimed the gold medal in all four editions of the biennial event, which was first held in 2009. The USA is now 20-0 in FIBA Americas U16 play.
USA U16 team members of note include: Bradley Beal (2009), Quinn Cook (2009), Aaron Gordon (2011), Markus Howard (2015), James Michael McAdoo (2009), Malik Newman (2013), Jahlil Okafor (2011), Jabari Parker (2011), Diamond Stone (2013); Gary Trent Jr. (2015), Jarred Vanderbilt (2015) and Seventh Woods (2013).