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The 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team will be led by Naismith Basketball Memorial Hall of Fame member John Calipari (Kentucky) as the head coach with successful collegiate head coaches Tad Boyle (Colorado) and Danny Manning (Wake Forest), a 1988 Olympic bronze medalist, serving as USA assistant coaches.
The coaching staff was selected by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.
“USA Basketball has assembled an outstanding staff led by Coach Calipari, and the team will excel under their leadership,” said Matt Painter, Purdue University head coach and chair of the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee.
As the 2013 and 2015 FIBA U19 World Champion, the USA will look to defend its titles at the 16-team 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship from July 1-9 in Cairo, Egypt.
Training camp to select the 12-member USA U19 World Cup Team will be held June 18-25 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who are 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1998).
Though this will be their first USA Basketball coaching venture together, Calipari, Boyle and Manning all were at the University of Kansas at the same time – Calipari (1983-85) as an assistant coach and Boyle (1981-85) and Manning (1984-88) as players.
2016-17 is Calipari’s eighth season at Kentucky (2009-10 to present), where he has guided four Wildcat teams, and six teams overall, to the NCAA Tournament Final Four, including the 2012 NCAA National Championship. He currently possesses an impressive 243-52 record at Kentucky (.824 winning percentage, as of March 5).
“Being a part of USA Basketball is special,” Calipari said. “What Jerry Colangelo has done, along with Jim Tooley and Sean Ford, to not only build the national team but also build a winning culture with all the teams, has been incredible to watch. This gives me an opportunity to give back to the game that has been so good to my family and me as well as a game that I love. It is an honor to be asked to coach.
“I coached both Tad and Danny at the University of Kansas,” Calipari added. “I’m so proud of what they’ve become as coaches and as representatives of this game. I’m looking forward to reuniting and learning from both of these special coaches.”
In his 25th season as a collegiate head coach, Calipari owns a 646-90 overall record (.878, as of March 5) that also includes eight seasons at the University of Massachusetts (1988-89 to 1995-96), nine at the University of Memphis (2000-01 to 2008-09) and his current position at the University of Kentucky.
Coach Cal has posted 23 20-win seasons, nine 30-win seasons and four 35-win seasons, and was selected the Naismith College Coach of the Year in 1996, 2008 and 2015. Recently, he became the first coach in Division I men’s basketball history to win five different regular-season conference titles at three different schools.
He also spent more than two seasons as head coach of the NBA New Jersey Nets (1996-97 to 1998-99), reaching the 1998 NBA Playoffs, and time as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers (2000) and as an assistant at Kansas (1982-85) and University of Pittsburgh (1985-88).
Previously with USA Basketball, he served as head coach of the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival East Team.
Calipari also gained international basketball experience while coaching the Dominican Republic Men’s National Team in 2011 and 2012. He led the Dominicans to a bronze medal at the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship and to gold at the 2012 Centrobasket. Twice his teams came within one win of qualifying for the Olympics for the first time in the country’s history.
Boyle previously helped lead the USA to a bronze medal as an assistant coach at the 2015 Pan American Games, and he was a court coach at the 2013 USA Men’s World University Games Team training camp.
Currently in the midst of completing his seventh season with the Colorado Buffalos (2010-11 to present), Boyle owns a 148-93 record (.614, as of March 5) at CU and an overall mark of 204-159 (.562, as of March 5) in his 12 seasons as a collegiate head coach. Boyle has led Colorado teams to 21 or more wins in four seasons and to four NCAA Tournaments.
“It’s a great honor,” Boyle said. “Number one to represent my country and United States basketball, but secondly to work with a guy like John Calipari is an honor. It’s also an honor to be coaching alongside an old teammate in Danny Manning. The last time the three of us were together on a basketball court was 1985 at the University of Kansas. That was 32 years ago. So, it’s something I’m really looking forward to – learning and being around Coach Cal and Danny and representing our country. There is no greater honor.”
Prior to Colorado, Boyle resurrected the men’s basketball program at the University of Northern Colorado, where he guided the Bears to a 56-66 record in four seasons (2006-07 to 2009-10), including a 25-8 mark in his final year (2009-10).
He played collegiately at Kansas, where he was a member of two NCAA Tournament teams (1984, 1985) and was part of the 1984 Big Eight Tournament championship squad.
Manning, who previously served as a court coach for the 2014 USA Men’s U18 National Team training camp, won a bronze medal as a player on the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team when he recorded 11.4 points and 6.0 rebounds a game. He was named the 1987 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year after posting a team-leading 14.6 point and 5.4 rebounds per game with the 1987 U.S. Pan American Games Team that captured the silver medal. Additionally, Manning won gold as a member of the 1985 U.S. Olympic Festival North Team and with the 1984 USA R. William Jones Cup Team.
Currently in his third season as the head coach at Wake Forest University (2014-15 to present), he currently holds an overall record of 42-51, including a mark of 18-12 in 2016-17 (as of March 5).
“I feel very fortunate and very honored to be a part of USA Basketball,” Manning said. “I am looking forward representing our country to the best of our team's ability. As a staff, we will follow Coach Cal's lead and do whatever we can to come home with the gold.”
Manning also spent two seasons as the head coach at the University of Tulsa (2012-13 to 2013-14), where he compiled a record of 38-29 (.567), bringing his five-year NCAA head coach total to 80-80 (as of March 5).
Prior to becoming head coach at Tulsa, Manning spent nine seasons on Bill Self's staff at his alma mater, Kansas. He spent the final five years (2008-12) as an assistant coach after serving as the Jayhawks' Director of Student-Athlete Development (2004-07).
As a player, he starred for four seasons (1984-1988) at Kansas and played in 147 games and graduated as Kansas’ all-time leading scorer and rebounder having accumulated 2,951 points (20.1 ppg.) and 1,187 rebounds (8.1 rpg.). Named an All-American and the national player of the year after leading the Jayhawks to the NCAA championship in 1988, Manning was chosen as the 1988 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player. A three-time Big 8 Conference player of the year, he was the No. 1 draft pick in the 1988 NBA Draft and a 15-year veteran of the NBA. He was a 1993 and 1994 NBA All-Star and the 1998 Sixth Man of the Year. Manning was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
2017 FIBA U19 World Cup
FIBA conducted the draw on Feb. 11 in Cairo, Egypt, and announced the four preliminary round groupings. The United States was drawn into Group D for preliminary round games and will open against Iran on July 1, face Angola on July 2 and will cap preliminary round action versus Italy on July 4 (game times are to be determined).
The United States earned its berth into the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup by virtue of claiming gold at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, while Iran earned FIBA Asia U18 gold, Angola won FIBA Africa U18 gold and Italy collected FIBA Europe U18 bronze.
Drawn into Group A were France (FIBA Europe gold), New Zealand (FIBA Oceania gold), South Korea (FIBA Asia bronze) and one nation from FIBA Americas to be determined.
Group B includes Egypt (host/FIBA Africa silver), Germany (FIBA Europe fourth), Lithuania (FIBA Europe silver) and Puerto Rico (FIBA Americas fourth).
Finally, Group C features Canada (FIBA Americas silver), Japan (FIBA Asia silver), Mali (FIBA Africa bronze) and Spain (FIBA Europe fifth).
Following the preliminary round, all 16 teams will be seeded according to group play results, and will advance to the July 5 round of 16. Winners will advance to the July 7 medal quarterfinals, while the remaining teams will continue playing out for classification. The medal semifinals will be held July 8, and the gold and bronze medal games are slated for July 9.
Now titled the FIBA U19 World Cup and played every two years, the event originally was known as the FIBA Junior World Championship from 1979 through 2003 and as the FIBA U19 World Championship from 2005-2009, and it was played every four years from 1979 through 2007.
In the 12 previous U19 competitions held, the USA men’s teams have won six gold and three silver medals, including gold in three of the past four U19 championships (2009, 2013 and 2015). In 2015, led by Jalen Brunson, Terrance Ferguson, Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum and Josh Jackson, the USA men finished 7-0 to capture gold, and now own an all-time win-loss record of 85-13 in the competition.
Past USA U19 standouts include: Brunson (2015 MVP), Vince Carter (1995), Stephen Curry (2007), Ferguson (2015), Aaron Gordon (2013 MVP), Tim Hardaway Jr. (2011), Montrezl Harrell (2013), Gordon Hayward (2009), Doug McDermott (2011), Jahlil Okafor (2013), Gary Payton (1987), Sam Perkins (1979), J.J. Redick (2003), Marcus Smart (2013), Klay Thompson (2009), Scott Skiles (1983), Deron Williams (2003), Justise Winslow (2013) and James Worthy (1979).