Smart to coach Under 18 Team USA

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Shaka Smart has a new coaching gig.  He's staying at VCU, but in the offseason, he'll be coaching for his country.

Smart was selected to be an assistant coach for the USA Basketball U-18 National Team that is participating in the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be played in Brazil from June 16-20.

Smart's former mentor, Billy Donovan, will serve as the head coach of the U18 squad and Gonzaga's Mark Few will be the other assistant on the staff.

All of the coaching selections are made by the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team committee, which is headed by legendary Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim.

For Smart, this will be the second time he has been selected to work with USA Basketball. Last summer, he served as a court coach for the 2011 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team Training Camp.

The three coaches will head to USA Basketball headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo. to conduct tryouts and training camp from June 5-12. Eight teams will compete in the 2012 U18 zone qualifier, with the top four advancing to play in the U19 World Championships next summer.

Competition play gets underway on June 16th with all the action taking place in Sao Sebastiao do Praiso, Brazil.

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