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.
Senior Morolake Akinosun claimed the Big 12 Athlete of the Week on Wednesday following her record-setting performance in the Texas Relays. Akinosun became the first woman to win the 100-meter race three consecutive years at the Relays, clocking in at 11.07 seconds. The time was her best of the year and currently ranks as the No. 1 time in the world for 2016.
In addition to her individual success, Akinosun participated in the Longhorns’ 4x400 relay team. The 4x400 group clocked in at 3:26.54, good for the top spot in the nation and sixth all-time in the Longhorns’ record book.
Akinosun became the third Longhorn to win Athlete of the Week in 2016, joining Ariel Jones and Asa Garcia. Jones and Garcia shared the award following the season’s opening week.
Big 12 Athlete of the Week marks just another accolade in Akinosun’s accomplished career. Akinosun holds the Texas record in the 200 meters and joined Jackie Joyner-Kersee as one of two women to score in four events in consecutive years.
The Texas Relays served as one of the finest points in Akinosun’s career. But the senior from Aurora, Illinois, isn’t done yet. The Longhorns still have four events before the Big 12 Championships in May, beginning with the LSU Alumni Gold on April 23.
Former Texas quarterback Vince Young is being sued by a woman for allegedly assaulting and pulling her hair during a car ride back from a 2014 NCAA Tournament game, according to TMZ Sports.
The woman, Tiffany Cayo, described Young as “extremely intoxicated” and claims the incident cost her medical expenses and lost wages. She is seeking $250,000 in damages.
Young’s attorney said the former quarterback will file a lawsuit for defamation in response and that “Ms. Cayo’s claims will be roundly disproved and Mr. Young will be vindicated in all respects.”
“Mr. Young’s counsel presented the results of the investigation to Ms. Cayo’s counsel in early 2015,” the attorney said in a statement to Horns Digest. “Now, two years after this alleged incident and over a year after being informed that there was clear and unequivocal witness testimony contradicting Ms. Cayo’s allegations, Ms. Cayo and her counsel have brought this frivolous lawsuit in a clear attempt to extract money from Mr. Young.”
No. 21 Texas (15–6) will travel to Waco on Tuesday to take on Baylor, after five consecutive home matches.
Last weekend the Longhorns knocked off UTSA in a double header, taking the afternoon match 5-2 and sweeping the second contest 4-0 for their 11th victory in 12 matches.
Freshman Harrison Scott, who remains ranked No. 113 in singles, has won seven of his last nine singles matches with two coming over ranked opponents. This past weekend, Scott defeated UTSA senior Diogo Casa in straight sets. Scott is now 21–8 overall for this season.
Senior Michael Riechmann and sophomore Adrian Ortiz are featured at No. 61 in the latest ITA doubles rankings, but the duo did not play together in Texas’ most recent match against UTSA.
Match play will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Baylor.