Mark Few named assistant coach for USA Basketball
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Gonzaga men’s basketball head coach Mark Few was selected to assist the USA Basketball Select Team at the Aug. 5-9 USA Basketball Men’s National Team minicamp in Las Vegas, USA Basketball Chairman and National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo announced Thursday.
Former NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy , who served as head coach of the 2017-19 USA Basketball’s six World Cup Qualifying Teams and the gold medalist 2017 USA AmeriCup team, will serve as head coach of the 2019 USA Basketball Select Team.
Few, who served as head coach of the 2015 USA Pan American Games Team, will serve as a Select Team assistant coach. Few entered his first USA Basketball head coach position after having served as an assistant coach for the gold medalist 2012 USA U18 National Team, and he was a court coach for the 2009 USA Men’s U19 World Championship/World University Games Team training camp.
Few is the winningest active coach in Division 1 men’s basketball with a winning percentage of .823. GU has appeared in the NCAA Tournament in each of Few’s 20 seasons. Nine of the Zags ‘ 10 Sweet 16 appearances have come under Few, including five in the last five seasons. Gonzaga has won or shared 18 West Coast Conference regular season league titles in his 20 seasons as head coach and taken home the conference tournament championship 15 times.
In 2018-19, GU won the WCC regular season title for the seventh straight season, before ending the season in the program’s fourth Elite Eight. The Bulldogs finished with a 33-4 record, the program’s third straight 30-win season, and fifth 30-win campaign in the last seven seasons.
Last summer, Few was selected to assist USA National Team head coach and San Antonio Spurs mentor Gregg Popovich at the USA Basketball Men’s National Team minicamp in Las Vegas.
Featuring seven players owning prior USA Basketball experience, the 2019 USA Select Team roster also includes four members of the 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie first and second teams.
Selected for the 2019 USA Basketball Select Team were: Jarrett Allen (Brooklyn Nets/Texas); Marvin Bagley (Sacramento Kings/Duke); Mikel Bridges (Phoenix Suns/Villanova); Jalen Brunson (Dallas Mavericks/Villanova); John Collins (Atlanta Hawks/ Wake Forest); Pat Connoughton (Milwaukee Bucks/Notre Dame); D’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings/ Kentucky); Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets/Virginia); Jonathan Issac (Orlando Magic/Florida State); Mitchell Robinson (New York Knicks/ Chalmette High School); Landry Shamet (Los Angeles Clippers/Wichita State); Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs/Colorado); and Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks/Oklahoma).
“The purpose of the Select Team is to help prepare our National Team for the World Cup and to offer an opportunity for some younger NBA standouts to be involved in the USA Basketball National Team program,” said Colangelo . ” These 12 players help extend the legacy of elite players who have been part of the USA Basketball Select teams. Not only will this group help prepare the United States for the FIBA World Cup, but it will also provide them with valuable experience at the USA Basketball National Team level. ”
Members of the USA Select Team will train daily with the USA National Team from Aug. 5-8 at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center. All practices are closed to the public.
The Select Team members will also join with the National Team players and participate in the USA Blue versus USA White exhibition game that is scheduled for August 9, 7 p.m. (PDT), at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Since the development of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team program in 2006, USA Basketball has previously selected and utilized five USA Select teams to help the USA National teams prepare for major international competitions.