Former Kansas assistant basketball coach Joe Dooley will be one of four court coaches at the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s Under 18 National Team Training Camp set for May 31-June 2 at United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Dooley, who was recently hired as head coach at East Carolina after five seasons at Florida Gulf Coast, as well as Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, Midland University’s Oliver Drake and Richard Bland College’s Chuck Moore, will assist the Under 18 coaching staff, led by head coach Bill Self of Kansas, plus assistants Danny Manning (Wake Forest) and Anthony Grant (Dayton).
Training camp will feature 33 athletes. Finalists for the 12-player team will compete at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men (June 10-16 in St. Catharines, Canada). The top four finishing teams will qualify for the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup for Men.
Incoming KU guard Quentin Grimes is one of the 33 players who will try out for a spot on the national team.
Dooley was hired April 4 at East Carolina. He went 114-58 at Florida Gulf Coast and led his teams to three Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season championships, two conference tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2016 and 2017.
Dooley worked for Self at KU from 2004 to 2013.
"It's an honor to be associated with USA Basketball and to be able to work with the talented young men and alongside the coaching staff," Dooley said. "I feel very privileged to have been asked to be a part of the training camp staff for USA Basketball this summer. I hope to help put the team in a position to be very successful.”
Bulls look at Svi, Graham
Former KU guards Devonté Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk were two of 12 players to take part in workouts Monday with the Chicago Bulls, according to NBA.com. Both have been mentioned as likely second-round selections in the 2018 NBA Draft. The Bulls have the No. 7 and 22 picks of the first round and do not presently own a second-round pick.
SI.com issued its first post-NBA Combine mock draft Monday. Graham was listed as the 14th pick of the second round by Washington and Mykhailiuk the final pick of the entire draft — by Philadelphia. No other Jayhawks were listed.
Williamson considers KU
Samuell Williamson, a 6-6 senior-to-be small forward from Rockwall (Texas) High, who averaged 19.5 points and 4.0 rebounds a game for Drive Nation at last week’s Nike EYBL tournament in Atlanta, is considering Kansas, Texas A&M, Baylor, TCU, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisville, Ohio State, Michigan and others.
Williamson — he is ranked No. 44 in the recruiting Class of 2019 by Rivals.com — tells recruiting analyst Eric Bossi his “mom is a (KU) graduate and my brother just graduated (from KU) last year. They (KU coaches) say that I could come in and play multiple positions and do a lot of different things in their offense.”
Williamson has made unofficial recruiting trips to KU, Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma and LSU.
“My athleticism (has improved), I’m a lot more athletic now than I was last summer. I’m just out here with something to prove and a chip on my shoulder. When my jumper is falling I feel like nobody in the country can stop me,” Williamson told Rivals.com.
KU offers forward
KU has offered a scholarship to Jaden McDaniels, a 6-8 senior-to-be small forward from Federal Way (Wash.) High, Rivals.com reports. He is ranked No. 32 in the recruiting Class of 2019 according to Rivals.com. McDaniels said he is considering KU, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, San Diego State, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State and others.