Collegiate coaches Dannton Jackson from Xavier University of Louisiana, Frank Martin from South Carolina, Jay Price from Chattanooga State (Tenn.) Community College and John Thompson from North Carolina Wesleyan have been selected to serve as court coaches for the 2012 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team training camp, to be held June 5-7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The coaching selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee.
The four court coaches will assist the 2012 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team coaching staff and the 24 players who will attend the training camp. The camp will be used to determine the 12-member roster that will represent the USA at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
Two-time NCAA national champion Billy Donovan from Florida will serve as head coach for the U18 team, with assistant coaches Mark Few from Gonzaga and Shaka Smart from Virginia Commonwealth. All three members of the coaching staff have previously served as court coaches for USA Basketball training camps or trials.
The court coaches will depart on June 8 and finalists for the USA U18 team will be selected by the USA Men's Junior National Team Committee. The finalists will continue to train at the USOTC through June 11 before traveling to Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil, for the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be played June 16-20.
Martin will be working with USA Basketball for the first time at the 2012 USA Men's U18 Junior National Team training camp.
"I'm extremely excited and honored to be chosen to help out with USA Basketball," Martin said. "It's been a lifelong dream of mine to become part of the organization, and I'm extremely excited to do it with coach Donovan, Shaka Smart and Mark Few. Billy has been one of the guys that I've known for such a long time and I've had former players who have played for him. I'm very thankful to USA Basketball for this opportunity."