USA Basketball announced its six court coaches for the Men’s National Team Trials this summer and University of Missouri Head Coach Mike Anderson has been tabbed to help lead the training for the 2009 USA U19 World Championship and 2009 USA World University Games teams.
USA Trials will take place June 16-18 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the six court coaches will work with approximately 40 athletes competing for spots on those U19 World Championship and World University Games clubs.
Anderson will join John Beilein (Michigan), Johnny Estelle (Navarro College), Mark Few (Gonzaga), Alan Magnani (Iowa Wesleyan College) and Herb Sendek (Arizona State University) as court coaches during the three-day event.
"This is certainly a great opportunity to get involved with USA Basketball," Anderson said. "For anyone affiliated with basketball here in the United States, it’s a dream to represent your country and help your national program."
The 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men will be held July 2-12 in Auckland, New Zealand, featuring 16 national teams comprised of athletes 19-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1990). Included in the field of nations are: Angola, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Egypt, France, Greece, Iran, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Spain, Syria and the USA.
Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon will serve as head coach of the USA’s U19 club.
The World University Games is a multi-sport competition organized by the International University Sports Federation and is held every two years. The 2009 men’s basketball competition will take place July 2-12 in Belgrade, Serbia. Participants must be between 17 and 24 years old and either a current college student or have attended a college or university within the past year.
Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan will be head coach of the 2009 World University Games Team.
Anderson is coming off a record-breaking season in which he directed Mizzou to a 31-7 record, a Big 12 Conference Tournament Championship and a berth into the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight. The 31 wins established a new school record and Missouri was one of the nation’s most fundamentally sound clubs in 2008-09, as it ranked #1 nationally in assists per game (18.4), #2 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.56-to-1) and #2 in steals. Missouri’s also averaged just 11.8 turnovers pre game last season, which is the fewest in school history.