2019 USA Basketball Men's U16 National Team Coaches Announced
Selecting a trio of heralded high school head coaches, USA Basketball announced today that DeMatha Catholic High School head coach Mike Jones has been named head coach of the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team, and that Eric Flannery (St. Edward H.S., Ohio) and Sharman White (Pace Academy, Georgia) have been selected USA U16 assistant coaches. The 2019 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team will play in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship, which will take place June 3-9 in Belém, Brazil.
The USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee, chaired by USA Basketball men’s national team director Sean Ford, is responsible for selecting the USA coaching staff, which is approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.
“The committee feels that between Mike, Eric and Sharman the 2019 USA U16 National Team will have an experienced coaching staff that has demonstrated success in international basketball and at the high school level,” Ford said. “All three of these coaches have had multiple roles with USA Basketball, and we think that will be a benefit to all of the athletes who take part in training camp and who make the final roster.”
Training camp to select the 12-member team will be held May 22-29 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Players eligible for this team must be 16 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 2003) and U.S. citizens.
This is Jones’s 19th coaching assignment with USA Basketball. Jones previously served as head coach for the USA Nike Hoop Summit Team three times (2013, 2014 and 2018) and served as a USA Nike Hoop Summit assistant coach in 2012 and 2017. In 2004, Jones completed his first USA Basketball assignment as an assistant coach for the 2004 Youth Development Festival East Team. Since then he has won three gold medals with men’s junior national teams, including the 2011 U16 team and 2012 and 2016 U17 World Cupteams. He has also been a coach at the Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp eight times (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) and will be a lead court coach at the 2019 USA Men’s Junior National Team April training camp.
“To be named to the coaching staff for the U16 team is truly an honor for me, for my family, and for the basketball program that I represent,” Jones said. “Having so many opportunities to work with Sean, Samson, and work on coach Don Showalter’s staff, I truly feel like I’ve seen the best that basketball has to offer, and I want to continue the strong tradition that USA Basketball has set.”
Jones recently completed his 17th season (2002-03 to present) as DeMatha Catholic High School head coach, where he has compiled a 469-116 (.802) career record.
In 2018-19, the Stags finished 33-5 overall. At 18-2 in WCAC play, DeMatha captured the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference regular season title, Maryland Private School state title and the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament championship.
Jones led the Stags to a national title in 2006 and has won nine Washington Catholic Athletic Conference regular season titles, eight WCAC Tournament crowns, four Maryland Private School Tournament championships, six Abe Pollin City titles and seven Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament championships. Additionally, since he started as a head coach at DeMatha, Jones has coached six athletes who went on to play in the NBA.
Flannery will enter his 12th USA Basketball coaching assignment after having served as an assistant coach for the 2016 USA Nike Hoop SummitTeam, head coach for the 2015 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team and a gold-medal winning assistant coach for the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Cup Team and 2013 USA Men’s U16 National Team. Additionally, Flannery has served as a court coach at five USA Men’s Junior National Team October minicamps (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018) and will serve as a court coach at the USA Men’s Junior National Team April training camp. He also was the head coach for the U.S. Men’s Youth Olympic Games 3x3 National Team in 2010.
“It always gives me chills to put on anything with USA across my chest,” Flannery said. “To be able to represent our country on the basketball court is surreal at times. I have the opportunity to work with the best coaches and best players our sport has to offer while representing our country. You cannot ask for more than that.”
Flannery recently completed his 23rd season (1996-97 to present) as head coach at St. Edward High School in Cleveland, Ohio, where he has compiled a 443-126 (.779) overall record. He has won two state titles (1998 and 2014) and has led St. Edward to 11 appearances in the state tournament final four. Flannery has helped more than 15 former players reach the NCAA Division I basketball ranks and has coached three NBA Draft picks.
In 2018-19, the Eagles went 19-9 overall and advanced into the Ohio High School Athletic Association boys basketball state tournament.
“It is simply an honor to work with two of the best coaches and people I have come to know through USA Basketball,” Flannery said. “Mike Jones and Sharman White have become good friends of mine and I respect their knowledge and understanding of the game, however, I respect their integrity and compassion as men more than anything.”
This is White’s seventh USA Basketball coaching assignment. Previously, he served as a court coach for the 2018 USA Men’s U17 World Cup Team training camp. White also was a gold-medal winning assistant coach for USA Basketball at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, and he has been a coach at the 2014, 2015 and 2018 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October Minicamps. He will also serve as a court coach at the USA Men’s National Team April training camp.
“Anytime you get to represent your country coaching basketball, it’s probably one of the greatest feelings in the world,” White said.“And with it being USA Basketball, you get a chance to work with some of the greatest coaches in the world, period. It’s an extreme honor and a privilege.”
White recently completed his first season as head boys basketball coach as well as the associate director of athletics at Pace Academy (May 2018 to present).
Overall, in 21 seasons as a high school head coach, he has compiled a 393-100 (.797) record. In 2018-19, he led the Knights to a 20-9 overall record and the first round of the state tournament.
Previously, White was an assistant coach at Georgia State University for two seasons (2016-17 to 2017-18). While at Georgia State, White helped his team to a 44-24 record (.647) including a 24-11 campaign and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017-18.
Prior to Georgia State, White was a high school coach for 20 seasons (1996-97 to 2015-16). Eleven of those seasons (2005-06 to 2015-16) were as the head boys’ basketball coach and athletic director at Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Georgia.
In addition to Ford, the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee includes at-large representative Evan Daniels, athletic representatives Keith Langford and Damien Wilkins, and John Olive (NFHS) and Boo Williams (AAU).
2019 FIBA Americans U16 Championship for Men
The 2019 FIBA Americas U16 Championship will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean.Tournament dates and the site are still to be announced by FIBA Americas.The top four finishing teams will qualify for the 2020 FIBA U17 World Cup. USA Basketball has claimed the gold medal in all five editions of the biennial event, which was first held in 2009. The USA is now 25-0 in men’s FIBA Americas U16 Championship action.
USA U16 team members of note include: Bradley Beal (2009), Vernon Carey Jr. (2017), Quinn Cook (2009), Andre Drummond (2009), Terrance Ferguson (2013), Aaron Gordon (2011), Zion Harmon (2017), Markus Howard (2015), Tyus Jones (2011), Kevin Knox (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).