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Mark Few named assistant coach for USA Basketball men's national team

By Gonzaga Athletics

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Gonzaga men's basketball head coach Mark Few was selected to assist USA National Team head coach and San Antonio Spurs mentor Gregg Popovich at the July 25-27 USA Basketball Men's National Team minicamp in Las Vegas.

Nine coaches, including seven from NBA teams and two NCAA Division I head coaches, were tabbed to assist Popovich: Golden State Warriors associate head coach Mike Brown; Miami Heat assistant coach Dan Craig; Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few; Utah Jazz assistant Alex Jensen; Boston Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga; Dallas Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley; San Antonio Spurs assistant Ime Udoka; Portland Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright.

Few is the winningest active coach in Division 1 men's basketball with a winning percentage of .819. GU has appeared in the NCAA Tournament in each of Few's 19 seasons. Eight of the Zags' nine Sweet 16 appearances have come under Few, including four in the last four seasons. Gonzaga has won or shared 17 West Coast Conference regular season league titles in his 19 seasons as head coach and taken home the conference tournament championship 15 times.

The USA National Team minicamp will feature practices 12-2 p.m. (PDT) on July 26 and 27 at UNLV's Mendenhall Center.

"As we prepare to conduct our first USA national team training camp in the 2017-20 quadrennium, we're excited about having our available national team players participate in the July 26-27 minicamp and we have compiled a truly outstanding, high-energy coaching staff that will assist national team head coach Gregg Popovich," said USA Basketball Men's National Team managing Director Jerry Colangelo.

Thirty-five NBA players were named on April 6 to the 2018-20 USA National Team roster. The list included 11 gold medalists from the 2016 Rio Olympic team, seven 2012 London Olympics gold medalists, eight members of the gold medalist 2014 FIBA World Cup Team and five players who were members of the 2010 USA team that captured the FIBA World Cup title.

It is expected that the official, 12-member 2019 USA World Cup and 2020 U.S. Olympic teams, should the USA qualify to compete in China and Tokyo, will be comprised of players from the 2018-20 USA National Team.

Members of the 2018-20 USA National Team are: Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns); Jimmy Butler (Minnesota Timberwolves); Mike Conley Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies); DeMarcus Cousins (Golden State Warriors); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors); Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder); Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors); Blake Griffin (Detroit Pistons); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Tobias Harris (Los Angeles Clippers); Gordon Hayward (Boston Celtics); Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics); LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers); DeAndre Jordan (Dallas Mavericks); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors); CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers); Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks); Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers); Chris Paul (Houston Rockets); Isaiah Thomas (Los Angeles Lakers); Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets); John Wall (Washington Wizards); and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder). 

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