Texas coach Shaka Smart reacts as his team plays the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Frank Erwin Center on February 16, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Shaka Smart to coach U18 national team this summer

Posted April 7th, 2016

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Texas coach Shaka Smart has been named the head coach of the United States U18 national team that will compete in the FIBA Americas Championships this summer in Valdivia, Chile.

Connecticut’s Kevin Ollie and Maryland’s Mark Turgeon will assist Smart.  The tournament runs from July 19-23, and the U.S. is seeking its fourth straight gold medal in the event.

“It’s a tremendous honor to coach the USA U18 National Team and represent our country in international play,” Smart said in a statement. “The opportunity to work with Kevin Ollie and Mark Turgeon is something I’m extremely excited about. They are two of the best coaches in the country, and I’m looking forward to learning a great deal from each of them.”

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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, who chairs USA Basketball men’s junior national team committee, called Smart “an excellent choice” to lead the team.

“Coach Smart and assistant coaches Kevin Ollie and Mark Turgeon are very successful head coaches at the college level, and the USA team will be completely prepared to compete for the gold medal,” Boeheim said.

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