USA Basketball announced Texas head coach Shaka Smart will lead the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Chile.
Smart will be joined by UConn head coach Kevin Ollie and Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon.The team is going for a fourth-straight U18 gold medal and could qualify for the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship with a top-four finish.
"It's a tremendous honor to coach the USA U18 National Team and represent our country in international play," Smart said in a press release. "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."
Smart was an assistant during the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, where USA won gold medals each time.
"With his experience from the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, Shaka Smart is an excellent choice to lead the 2016 USA U18 National Team," said Jim Boeheim, Syracuse head coach and chair of the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee.