Miller Grove’s Sharman White named to USA basketball coaching staff

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Miller Grove High School boys’ basketball coach Sharman White was named one of the assistant coaches for the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team.

White will assist in coaching 53 of the nation’s top high school basketball players at the sixth annual mini-camp Oct. 4-5, the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

White said he received a call from B.J. Johnson, the assistant men’s national team director, in August and was asked if he was interested in coaching at the mini-camp.

“It was something that I’ve always dreamed of doing—representing our country,” White said. “When the opportunity came I was definitely gratified and thankful for that.”

White will coach under Don Showalter of Iowa City High School in Iowa City, Iowa. Showalter has directed USA teams to six gold medal finishes as head coach of the USA Basketball Developmental National Team since 2009.

Other assistant coaches include Cory Alexander of the Boo Williams AAU team in Virginia, Eric Flannery from St. Edward High School in Ohio, L.J. Goolsby from the KC Run GMC program in Kansas and Mike Jones of DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland.

The training camp handles player evaluations and to start preparations for upcoming international competitions, including in 2015 the Nike Hoop Summit, 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, as well as for the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship and 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

White said the new role will not affect his coaching duties at Miller Grove. The team will have various training camps before traveling abroad next summer to play other nations.

White has already worked with some of the players at LeBron James’ Skills Academy this past summer. White said he was excited about competing against teams from other countries.

“I get a chance to play against other countries, which would be a first for me,” he said.

Since the inception of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in 2009 and the FIBA U17 World Championship in 2010, USA Basketball men’s teams have dominated the competitions and won six consecutive gold medals and compiled a perfect 38-0 record at the U16 and U17 championships. Additionally, the United States has won three consecutive FIBA Americas U18 Championships.

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