Florida Gators' Billy Donovan selected as USA Basketball head coach for 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship

Florida Gators men's basketball coach Billy Donovan has been selected as the head coach for the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be held June 16-20 in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso, Brazil.

The coaching staff will also include Gonzaga head coach Mark Few and VCU head coach Shaka Smart as assistant coaches. Smart is also a former Florida assistant.

"It's always an honor to be selected to represent your country, and I'm incredibly thankful for this opportunity to be a part of USA Basketball," Donovan said. "I have great respect for Shaka Smart and Mark Few, and I'm looking forward to working alongside them."

Training camp will open on June 5 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., with approximately 25-30 players competing for roster spots. Finalists will be selected after the first three or four days of training camp, which will continue through June 12. The final 12-man roster will be selected prior to the team's departure for the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

Eight teams will compete in the 2012 U18 zone qualifier, including the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The top four finishing teams in the tournament will qualify for next summer's 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship.

The USA is the reigning champion from the 2010 U18 tournament, and won silver in 2008.

Florida Gators' Billy Donovan selected as USA Basketball head coach for 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship 04/17/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 1:05pm]

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