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USA Basketball Well Represented in 2018 Men's NCAA Sweet 16

  • Date:
    Mar 21, 2018

No fewer than 10 teams, 16 athletes and 12 coaches who advanced to the men's Sweet 16 have USA Basketball ties. Who are they and how are they connected? 

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Duke University

Did You Know? Duke University has had fabled success with USA Basketball, with players competing in all major USA Basketball competitions, including the Olympics, World Cup, World Cup For Young Men (U21), U19/Junior World Championship, U17 World Cup, Pan American Games, Goodwill Games and World University Games.

Duke is the only school to claim six USA Basketball Male Athletes of the Year, including Elton Brand (1998), Chris Duhon (2001), Kyrie Irving (2014), Christian Laettner (1991 and 1992 as a member of the ‘92 Olympic Team, which earned the award as a group), Jabari Parker (2011) and Shelden Williams (2005).

Making his first appearance on a USA bench in 1979, Duke’s Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski manned the sidelines for the United States off and on for more than three decades. Since 1979 he has been involved as a coach with 15 USA teams and has helped lead the U.S. to 11 gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals. Krzyzewski is the only USA Basketball men's coach to have won gold at the Olympics and the FIBA World Cup, while also possessing an NCAA Championship. In 2012 he became only the second coach to lead teams to back-to-back men’s Olympic gold medals (Henry Iba won the Olympics in 1964 and 1968) and returned to lead the USA to a third-straight Olympic gold in 2016. His efforts have been so noteworthy that he has been selected USA Basketball’s National Coach of the Year a record six times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014).

Olympic gold medalists Mike Armstrong (1976), Grant Hill (1996), Irving (2016), Laettner (1992) and Jeff Mullins (1964); two-time Olympian Carlos Boozer, who earned gold in 2008 and bronze in 2004; and USA World Cup Team members Tommy Amaker (1986/gold), Shane Battier (2006/bronze), Brand (2002, 2006/bronze), Irving (2014/gold) Laettner (1990/bronze), Trajan Langdon (1998/bronze), Mason Plumlee (2014/gold) and Jay Williams (2002) all hailed from Duke. Further, Irving, who was a member of the 2012 USA USA Select Team that trained against the 2012 USA National Team prior to the Olympics, was named MVP of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup after helping lead the USA to gold in Spain.

Former Duke student-athlete and assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski was a member of both the gold medal winning 1994 USA Junior World Cup Qualifying Team and the 1995 USA Junior World Cup Team that finished in fifth place. Wojciechowski also was involved with the USA Men’s National Team from 2005-12, assisting the coaching staff in on-court drills, scouting and other game preparations. Jeff Capel, while coaching at VCU, was an assistant for the 2005 USA World University Games Team that captured gold and while at University of Oklahoma headed up the gold medal winning 2010 USA U18 National Team. When Capel was still in high school he participated on the 1993 U.S. Olympic Festival South Team that earned the bronze medal. Capel served as a staff assistant for the 2014 USA Men’s National and World Cup teams, aiding the coaches in on-court drills and scouting as the U.S. squad rolled up a 4-0 exhibition record and a 9-0 slate en route to gold at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Assistant coach Jon Scheyer also played for USA Basketball, he helped the 2006 USA Junior National Select Team defeat the World Team 109-91 in the 2006 Nike Hoop Summit and was a member of the 2005 USA Youth Development Festival Red Team that went 3-2 and earned bronze.

Among the numerous Duke athletes to compete for USA Basketball through the years on the junior level are Seth Curry, who helped the 2009 USA U19 World Cup Team capture the USA’s first gold medal at that event in 18 years.

The most recent former Blue Devils who have won gold medals while representing the red, white and blue include Harry Giles, Luke Kennard and Jason Tatum. Giles and Tatum teamed up to capture gold medals at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, 2014 FIBA U17 World Cup and 2015 FIBA U19 World Cup, while also aiding the 2016 USA Junior National Select Team to a 101-67 victory in the Nike Hoop Summit. Kennard, a member of the 2015 USA Hoop Summit Team, won a gold medal at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Year/Position Record Medal/Finish
2016 U.S. Olympic Head Coach 8-0 Gold Medal
  Pre-Competition/Exhibition Games 5-0 n/a
2014 USA World Cup Head Coach 9-0 Gold Medal
  Pre-Competition/Exhibition Games 4-0 n/a
2012 U.S. Olympic Head Coach 8-0 Gold Medal
  Pre-Competition/Exhibition Games 5-0 n/a
2010 USA World Cup Head Coach 9-0 Gold Medal
  Pre-Competition/Exhibition Games 4-0 n/a
2008 U.S. Olympic Head Coach 8-0 Gold Medal
  Pre-Competition/Exhibition Games 5-0 n/a
2007 USA Tournament of the Americas/Olympic Qualifier Head Coach 10-0 Gold Medal
2006 USA World Cup Head Coach 8-1 Bronze Medal
  Pre-Competition/Exhibition Games 5-0 n/a
1992 U.S. Olympic Team Assistant Coach 8-0 Gold Medal
  Pre-Competition/Exhibition Game 1-0 n/a
1992 USA Tournament of the Americas Assistant Coach 6-0 Gold Medal
1990 USA World Cup Head Coach 6-2 Bronze Medal
1990 USA Goodwill Games Head Coach 3-2 Silver Medal
1987 USA World University Games Head Coach 7-1 Silver Medal
1984 U.S. Olympic Trials Assistant Coach - n/a
1983 U.S. Olympic Festival South Team Head Coach 4-0 Gold Medal
1979 USA Pan American Games Assistant Coach 9-0 Gold Medal
Totals 132-6 (.952) 10 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze Medals

Assistant Coach Jeff Capel

Year/Position Record Medal/Finish
2016 USA Men’s National Team Staff Assistant - n/a
2014 USA Men’s National Team Staff Assistant - n/a
2010 USA U18 National Team Head Coach 5-0 Gold Medal
2005 USA World University Games Assistant Coach 8-0 Gold Medal
Totals 13-0 (1.000) 2 Gold Medals

Marques Bolden

  • Member of the 2016 USA Junior National Select Team that defeated the World Select Team 101-67 in the 19th annual Nike Hoop Summit on April 9, 2016; contributed three points and two rebounds.

Wendell Carter Jr.

  • Honors: 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup All-Tournament Team.
  • Gold Medals: 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup, 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
  • Started and tallied seven points and seven rebounds to aid the USA to a 98-87 victory in the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit.
  • Member of the 2016 USA U17 World Cup Team that struck FIBA U17 World Cup gold with a perfect 7-0 mark in Zaragoza, Spain; started all seven games and averaged 10.1 ppg. and a team-high 7.4 rpg. while shooting 58.8 percent from the field en route to all-tournament team honors.
  • Member of the 2015 USA U16 National Team that captured the gold medal with a 5-0 record at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Bahiá Blanca, Argentina, and qualified USA Basketball for the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup; started all five games and averaged a team third-best 13.6 ppg. and a team-high 8.8 rpg.

Trevon Duval

  • Started and scored six points with three assists in 12 minutes of action to aid the USA to a 98-87 victory in the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit.

Gary Trent Jr.

  • Honors: 2014 FIBA Americas U16 Championship MVP.
  • Gold Medals: 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup, 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
  • Started and scored nine points to go with three assists to aid the USA to a 98-87 victory in the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit.
  • Member of the 2016 USA U17 World Cup Team that struck FIBA U17 World Cup gold with a perfect 7-0 mark in Zaragoza, Spain; started all seven games and averaged team second-bests of 12.7 ppg. and 2.3 spg.
  • Member of the 2015 USA U16 National Team that captured the gold medal with a 5-0 record at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Bahiá Blanca, Argentina, and qualified USA Basketball for the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup.
  • Earned MVP honors at the 2014 FIBA Americas U17 Championship after averaging a USA-high and tournament fifth-best 16.8 ppg., while leading the U.S. and ranking second for steals wtih 3.8 spg.
  • Tied as the team’s high scorer with 19 points -- all in the second half -- of the USA’s come-from-behind, 77-60 victory over Canada in the gold medal game.

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Florida State University

Did You Know? Florida State has had no less than seven athletes listed on USA Basketball rosters, most notably 1982 USA World Cup Team silver medalist Mitchell Wiggins. Chris Singleton was a member of the 2010 USA Select Team that trained against the 2010 USA Men’s National Team in Las Vegas. More recently, Jonathan Isaac was a member of the 2016 USA Junior National Select Team that defeated the World Select Team 101-67 in the annual Nike Hoop Summit. Rounding out the list are Randy Allen, a member of the 1985 USA World Club Championship; and U.S. Olympic Festival participants James Collins (1994), Douglas Edwards (1989) and LaMar Greer (1995).

M.J. Walker

  • Gold Medal: 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
  • Played nine minutes and scored two points to aid the USA to a 98-87 victory in the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit.
  • Member of the 2016 USA U18 National Team that rolled to gold with a perfect 5-0 record at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile, which qualified the USA for the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup.

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Gonzaga University

Did You Know? Topping the list of Gonzaga’s USA alums is one of the Zags’ all-time greatest players, John Stockton, who earned a pair of Olympic gold medals as a member of the 1992 USA “Dream Team” and as a member of the 1996 USA squad. Stockton etched his name into the USA Olympic record books as one of only 20 players in history to have been named to multiple U.S. men’s Olympic squads. Further, as a member of the 1992 squad, which earned the honor as a group, he shared in the 1992 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year award. Adam Morrison, a member of the USA’s 2005 U20 National Team that won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U20 Championship, was named to the 2006-08 USA Men’s Senior National Team and participated in the squad’s training camp in Las Vegas. Matt Bouldin was on the 2007 USA U19 World Cup Team that won silver, Dave Burgess played on the 2003 USA U19 World Cup Team that finished in fifth place with a 7-1 record, Blake Stepp and the USA finished fourth in the 2003 Pan American Games, Dan Dickau (2001/bronze) and Matt Santangelo (1999/gold) competed for the USA in the World University Games, Nigel Williams-Goss captured gold at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Cup and Zach Collins suited up for the 2015 USA 3x3 U18 World Cup Team that finished in eighth place. More recently, David Stockton helped the USA World Cup Qualifying Team to a pair of victories in its February qualifying window.

Head Coach Mark Few

Year/Position Record Medal/Finish
2015 USA Pan American Games Team Head Coach 3-2 Bronze Medal
2012 USA FIBA Americas U18 Championship Team Assistant Coach 5-0 Gold Medal
Totals 8-2 1 Gold, 1 Bronze Medal

Johnathan Williams III

  • Gold Medals: 2012 FIBA U17 World Cup, 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
  • Member of the 2012 USA U17 World Cup Team that compiled an 8-0 record en route to earning the FIBA U17 World Cup gold medal in Kaunas, Lithuania.
  • Helped the U.S. U17 squad claim a pair of exhibition victories over Australia and Latvia in Las Palmas, Canary Islands.
  • Member of the 2011 USA U16 National Team that compiled a 5-0 record and captured the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Cancun, Mexico.

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University of Kansas

Did You Know?  Listing 11 Olympians apiece, the University of Kansas and University of Kentucky have sent more U.S. basketball players to the Olympics than almost all other collegiate programs, listing only behind University of North Carolina’s 13. Included in KU’s 11 are players from the 1948 (Gordon Carpenter), 1952 (Charles Hoag, William Hougland, John Keller, Melvin Kelley, Robert Kenney, William Lienhard and Clyde Lovellette), 1956 (Hougland), 1960 (Allen Kelley), 1968 (Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ White), 1980 (Darnell Valentine) and 1988 (Danny Manning) U.S. Olympic squads. In addition, legendary KU coach Phog Allen served as an assistant coach on the 1952 U.S. Olympic Team, former KU athletic director Arthur Lonborg served as manager for the 1960 U.S. Olympic Team; while former KU head coach Larry Brown, a player on the 1964 U.S. Olympic Team, was an assistant coach on the 1980 and 2000 U.S. Olympic teams and was the head coach for the 1999 and 2003 USA Tournament of the Americas Teams that earned gold medals and qualified the U.S. for the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. In 2004 Brown continued his Olympic legacy as the head coach of the 2004 U.S. Olympic bronze medal winning squad, and one of his assistants was former KU head coach Roy Williams, who also assisted Brown and the USA to a gold medal an an Olympic berth in the 2003 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Also, Manning earned 1987 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year honors for his play at the World University Games and will return in 2018 as an assistant coach for the USA Men's U18 National Team.

Kansas boasts of five USA World Cup Team members. Most recent among the quad is Kirk Hinrich, who helped the U.S. to the bronze medal with an 8-1 slate at the ‘06 Worlds. Other Jayhawks to compete at the FIBA Worlds were 1954 gold medalists Bertram Born and Allen Kelley, Raef LaFrentz and Paul Pierce (2002 / sixth) and Mark Randall. (1990 / bronze).

Once dubbed “Mr. USA Basketball,” Nick Collison was a member of nine USA Basketball squads from 1998-2007, including teams that earned gold medals at the 2003 FIBA Americas Championship, 2001 FIBA U21 World Cup and 1998 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. KU head coach Bill Self had a hand at shaping USA Basketball squads as a member of the 2009-12 USA Basketball Men’s Collegiate Committee that selects teams and coaching staffs for the USA U18 and U19 National Teams, as well as teams that compete in events such as the World University Games and Pan American Games.

More recently, Tyshawn Taylor was a member of the 2009 USA U19 World Cup Team that collected the USA’s first gold medal at that event in 18 years. Cliff Alexander captured a gold medal at the 2013 FIBA Americas 3x3 U18 Championship and was a member of the 2013 USA 3x3 U18 World Cup Team, Alexander and Kelly Oubre teamed up in the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit as a member of the USA Junior National Select Team. Keith Langford, who played professionally for UNICS Kazan in Russia, was a member of the 2015 USA Pan American Games Team that finished with a 3-2 record and in possession of the bronze medal at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada; and Josh Jackson captured three gold medals with the 2015 USA U19 World Cup Tea, 2014 USA U17 World Cup Team and 2013 USA U16 National Team, and helped the USA Junior National Select Team to a 101-67 victory in the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit.

This summer will add another chapter to KU's USA Basketball legacy. Head coach Bill Self, who served as a member of the 2005-08 USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, will serve as head coach for the 2018 USA Men's U18 National Team.

Malik Newman

  • Honors: 2014 FIBA U17 World Cup MVP, 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship MVP.
  • Gold Medals: 2014 FIBA U17 World Cup, 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
  • Member of the 2014 USA U17 World Cup Team that posted a 7-0 record and captured the FIBA U17 World Cup for Men gold medal in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Member of the USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team that posted a perfect 5-0 record en route to winning gold at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Maldonado, Uruguay; notched a team-high 14 steals.

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University of Kentucky

Did You Know? Included among the numerous past University of Kentucky players are 11 Olympians -- Clifford Barker (1948), Ralph Beard (1948), Sam Bowie (1980), DeMarcus Cousins (2016), Anthony Davis (2012), William Evans (1956), Alex Groza (1948), Wallace Jones (1984), Tayshaun Prince (2008), Kenneth Rollins (1948) and Adrian Smith (1960), all of whom, with the exception of Bowie and the 1980 team, earned gold medals. In 2014 Kentucky was represented on its first USA Basketball World Cup roster as Cousins and Davis teamed up to help the USA capture gold at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, while John Wall was among the finalists for the 2014 USA squad. A number of Kentucky athletes have competed on USA junior teams, including more recent Wildcat standouts Isaiah Briscoe and De’Aaron Fox. Briscoe was a member of the 2014 USA U18 National Team that captured gold at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship and was named to the 2015 USA U19 World Cup Team, but was injured and unable to compete. Both Briscoe (2015) and Fox (2016) competed as members of the USA Junior National Select Team in the annual Nike Hoop Summit.

Head Coach John Calipari

Year/Position Record Medal/Finish
2017 USA U19 World Cup Team Head Coach 6-1 Bronze Medal
1995 U.S. Olympic Festival East Team Head Coach 2-2 Silver Medal
Totals 8-3 (.727) 1 Silver Medal, 1 Bronze Medal

Hamidou Diallo

  • Gold Medal: 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
  • Bronze Medal: 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup.
  • Member of the 2017 USA U19 World Cup Team that returned from Cairo, Egypt, with a 6-1 record and the bronze medal.
  • Member of the 2016 USA U18 National Team that rolled to gold with a perfect 5-0 record at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile, which qualified the USA for the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup.

Wenyen Gabriel

  • Member of the 2016 USA Junior National Select Team that defeated the World Select Team 101-67 in the 19th annual Nike Hoop Summit on April 9, 2016; had two points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Quade Green

  • Gold Medal: 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
  • Was named to the 2017 USA Junior National Select Team, but did not play in 2017 Nike Hoop Summit due to injury.
  • Member of the 2016 USA U18 National Team that rolled to gold with a perfect 5-0 record at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile, which qualified the USA for the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup.

Kevin Knox II

  • Gold Medals: 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup, 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
  • Scored four points with two assists to aid the USA to a 98-87 victory in the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit.
  • Member of the 2016 USA U17 World Cup Team that struck FIBA U17 World Cup gold with a perfect 7-0 mark in Zaragoza, Spain; averaged a team fifth-best 11.2 ppg.
  • Member of the 2015 USA U16 National Team that captured the gold medal with a 5-0 record at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Bahiá Blanca, Argentina, and qualified USA Basketball for the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup.

P.J. Washington

  • Gold Medal: 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship
  • Bronze Medal: 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup
  • Member of the 2017 USA U19 World Cup Team that returned from Cairo, Egypt, with a 6-1 record and the bronze medal.
  • Member of the 2016 USA U18 National Team that rolled to gold with a perfect 5-0 record at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile, which qualified the USA for the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup; averaged a USA fourth-best 10.0 ppg
  • Member of the 2015 USA 3x3 U18 World Cup Team that finished with a 4-3 record and in eighth place at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup in Debrecen, Hungary
  • Teamed up with Zach Collins, Jalek Felton and Peyton Pritchard on Stars, which won the 2015 USA 3x3 U18 National Tournament for the right to represent USA Basketball at the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup.
  • Participated in the 2014 USA Basketball Junior National Team minicamp in October.

Jarred Vanderbilt

  • Gold Medal: 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
  • Collected a double-double while matching the game-high scoring total with 19 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes to aid the USA to a 98-87 victory in the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit.
  • Member of the 2015 USA U16 National Team that captured the gold medal with a 5-0 record at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Bahiá Blanca, Argentina, and qualified USA Basketball for the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup; started all five games and averaged 9.8 ppg. and a team second-best 7.8 rpg.

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University of Michigan

Did You Know? The University of Michigan has enjoyed representation in international basketball for several years. A pair of Olympians -- John Clawson (1968) and Phil Hubbard (1976) -- helped bring gold medals back to the United Sates, and Clawson (1967), Steve Grote (1974) and Art Wilmore (1970) each competed for the U.S. at the FIBA World Cup. In addition, former Michigan star Rudy Tomjanovich, former head coach of the NBA Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers, served as head mentor of the 2000 U.S. Olympic gold medal winning and 1998 USA Basketball Men’s World Cup bronze medal winning teams and was the director of scouting for the 2006-08 USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team. In more recent competitions, Tim Hardaway Jr. was a member of the 2011 USA U19 World Cup Team that finished in fifth place with a 7-2 record.

Head Coach John Beilein

Year/Position Record Medal/Finish
2013 USA World University Games Team Assistant Coach 6-2 Ninth

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Purdue University

Did You Know? In addition to the many former student-athletes who competed on USA Basketball junior teams, Purdue University has produced a pair of gold medal winning U.S. Olympians, Terry Dischinger (1960) and Howard Williams (1952), while longtime Boilermaker head coach Gene Keady was an assistant to the gold medal winning 2000 U.S. Olympic Team. In addition, Brad Miller and Jimmy Oliver competed on the bronze medal winning 1998 USA World Cup Team, and Eugene Parker was a member of the 1978 USA World Cup Team, which finished in eighth place. Keady spent several summers on USA Basketball sidelines prior to his Olympic stint. He assisted the 1999 USA Olympic Qualifying Team to a gold medal and headed up the 1991 USA Pan American Games Team (bronze), 1989 USA World University Games (gold), 1985 USA R. William Jones Cup (silver) and 1979 U.S. National Sports Festival South (gold) teams. In addition to his two stints as a USA Basketball coach, Matt Painter was on the 2012-16 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee, which selected USA athletes and coaches for USA Basketball college-aged competitions, which include the FIBA U19 World Cups, FIBA Americas U18 Championships and Pan American Games. Most recently at the junior level, Caleb Swanigan earned gold medals with the 2014 USA U17 World Cup Team and 2015 USA U19 World Cup Team, and was a member of the 2015 USA Junior National Select Team that competed in the Nike Hoop Summit.

Head Coach Matt Painter

Year/Position Record Medal/Finish
2011 USA World University Games Team Head Coach 7-1 Fifth Place
2009 USA U19 World Cup Team Assistant Coach 9-0 Gold Medal
Totals 16-1 1 Gold Medal

Carson Edwards

  • Bronze Medal: 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup.
  • Member of the 2017 USA U19 World Cup Team that returned from Cairo, Egypt, with a 6-1 record and the bronze medal.

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Syracuse University

Did You Know? Syracuse has produced one Olympian, Carmelo Anthony, who has claimed an Olympic men’s basketball record three golds and one bronze over the past four Olympiads. Anthony also helped lead the USA to the 2006 World Championship bronze and was named to the All-World Cup Team in the process. Additionally, four other USA Basketball World Cup team members have come out of Syracuse, including 1998 bronze medal winner Wendell Alexis, 1994 gold medal winner Derrick Coleman, 1990 bronze medalist Billy Owens and Rony Seikaly, a member of the 1986 USA gold medal winning squad. The same summer they competed in the World Cup, Owens (silver) and Seikaly (gold) also were members of USA Goodwill Games teams.

Syracuse head mentor Jim Boeheim has coached numerous teams since 1982, most notably as an assistant coach for the USA National Team since 2006. Since then, the USA National Team compiled a 88-1 overall record, won three Olympic gold medals, two FIBA Basketball World Cup gold medals, 2006 FIBA World Cup bronze and the 2007 Tournament of the Americas gold medal. Additionally, Boeheim has earned both of USA Basketball’s annual coaching honors, having received the 1998 USA Development and 2001 USA National Coach of the Year awards. Among more recent Syracuse athletes, Tyler Lydon  captured gold at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.  Additionally, assistant coach Gerry McNamara suited up for the 2005 USA World University Games Team that rolled to an 8-0 record en route to claiming gold.

Head Coach Jim Boeheim

Year/Position Record Medal/Finish
2016 U.S. Olympic Assistant Coach 8-0 Gold Medal
  Pre-Competition/Exhibition Games 5-0 n/a
2014 USA World Cup Assistant Coach 9-0 Gold Medal
  Pre-Competition/Exhibition Games 4-0 n/a
2012 U.S. Olympic Assistant Coach 8-0 Gold Medal
  Pre-Competition/Exhibition Games 5-0 n/a
2010 USA World Cup Assistant Coach 9-0 Gold Medal
  Pre-Competition/Exhibition Games 4-0 n/a
2008 U.S. Olympic Head Coach 8-0 Gold Medal
  Pre-Competition/Exhibition Games 5-0 n/a
2007 USA Tournament of the Americas/Olympic Qualifier Assistant Coach 10-0 Gold Medal
2006 USA World Cup Assistant Coach 8-1 Bronze Medal
  Pre-Competition/Exhibition Games 5-0 n/a
2001 USA World Champ. For Young Men Team Head Coach 8-0 Gold Medal
  Pre-Competition/Exhibition Games 2-0 n/a
2000 USA World Champ. For Young Men Qual. Team Head Coach 4-1 Silver Medal
1998 USA Junior World Champ. Qualifying Team Head Coach 5-0 Gold Medal
1990 USA World Cup Team Assistant Coach 6-2 Bronze Medal
1990 USA Goodwill Games Team Assistant Coach 3-2 Silver Medal
1989 USA World University Games Team Assistant Coach 6-0 Gold Medal
1982 U.S. Olympic Festival East Team Head Coach 2-2 Silver Medal
Totals 124-8 (.939) 9 Golds, 3 Silvers, 2 Bronze Medals

Tyus Battle

  • Gold Medal: 2014 FIBA U17 World Cup.
  • Helped the 2014 USA Men’s U17 World Cup Team to a perfect 7-0 mark and the gold medal in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Villanova University

Did You Know? Villanova has had several players compete for USA Basketball, most notably 2016 U.S. Olympic Team gold medalist Kyle Lowry, 1982 USA World Cup Team silver medalist John Pinone and 1983 USA Pan American Games Team gold medalist Ed Pinckney. In addition, Lance Miller was a member of the gold medal winning 1991 USA Junior World Cup Team, and James Bell was on the 2011 USA U19 World Cup Team that finished in fifth place. Competing on USA World University Games teams were 2009 bronze medalist Corey Fisher, 2005 gold medalist Randy Foye, 1995 gold medalists Kerry Kittles and Jason Lawson, 1983 bronze medalist Pinckney and 1981 gold medalist Pinone. George Raveling was on the coaching staff of six different USA Basketball teams, including as an assistant for the 1984 (gold) and 1988 (bronze) U.S. Olympic Teams, and he served as head coach for the 1979 U.S. Olympic Festival West Team (silver), the 1982 USA R. William Jones Cup Team (gold), the 1988 USA Select Team that posted a 6-0 record in exhibition games in Europe and the 1994 USA Goodwill Games Team (bronze).

Villanova head coach Jay Wright has served five coaching stints with USA Basketball, most recently as an assistant coach of the 2016 USA Select Team that trained against the 2016 USA National Team. Wright and Scotty Reynolds teamed up on the 2007 USA Pan American Games Team, which finished in fifth place. In 2005 Wright was called to serve as the head coach for the USA World University Games Team. At the WUGs, Foye was elected by all U.S. team captains to serve as the USA’s flag bearer and lead the United States’ delegation into opening ceremonies. Rolling through its competition in Izmir, Turkey, Wright’s squad posted an 8-0 record en route to the gold medal. In 2000 Wright was an assistant coach for the USA World Cup For Young Men Qualifying Team that won the silver medal and qualified the U.S. for the 2001 FIBA World Cup For Young Men. Also, Allan Ray was on the 2005 USA U21 World Cup Team that finished with a 7-1 slate to tie gold medalist Lithuania for the best record in the tournament, and Curtis Sumpter played on the 2011 USA Pan American Games Team that won the bronze medal and was on the 2004 USA U20 National Team that captured gold.

Head Coach Jay Wright

Year/Position Record Medal/Finish
2016 USA Select Team Head Coach - n/a
2010 USA Select Team Head Coach - n/a
2007 USA Pan American Games Team Head Coach 3-2 Fifth Place
2005 USA World University Games Team Head Coach 8-0 Gold Medal
2000 USA World Champ. For Young Men Qual. Team Asst. Coach 4-1 Silver Medal
Totals 15-3 (.833) 1 Gold, 1 Silver Medal

Jalen Brunson

  • Honors: 2015 FIBA U19 World Cup MVP.
  • Gold Medals: 2015 FIBA U19 World Cup, 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
  • Member of the 2015 USA Basketball U19 National Team that captured the gold medal with a perfect 7-0 record at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Cup in Heraklion, Greece; was named the tournament MVP after averaging 14.0 ppg., 3.3 rpg. and team-highs of 5.6 apg. and 2.1 spg.
  • Contributed 12 points and seven assists, including shooting 8-of-8 from the free-throw line, for the 2015 USA Junior National Select Team, which fell to the World Select Team 103-101 in the 18th annual Nike Hoop Summit on April 11 in Portland, Oregon.
  • Member of the 2014 USA U18 National Team that captured a gold medal with a perfect 5-0 record at the  FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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West Virginia University

Did You Know?The legendary Jerry West played alongside other legends-in-the-making, such as Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas as a member of the dominating 1960 U.S. Olympic Team. In rolling up a perfect 8-0 record, the ‘60 squad outscored opponents by a whopping 101.9 to 59.5 points per game. West, the USA’s third-leading scorer, averaged 13.8 points a game, while Lucas and Robertson each tossed in 17.0 points a game. In a warm-up for the 1960 Olympics, West, along with Robertson, also helped the United States claim gold with a perfect 6-0 record at the 1959 Pan American Games. In recent years, West Virginia has been represented by three athletes at the junior level. Da'Sean Butler earned a bronze medal at the 2009 World University Games, Mike Gansey claimed gold at the 2005 World University Games and Kevin Pittsnogle was on the 2013 USA U19 World Cup Team that finished in fifth place with a 7-1 record.

Head Coach Bob Huggins

Year/Position Record Medal/Finish
2000 USA Select Team (vs. Sr. Nat'l Team) Assistant Coach 0-1 N/A
1993 USA World University Games Team Assistant Coach 7-0 Gold Medal
Totals 7-1 1 Gold Medal

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