Washington coach Mike Hopkins is heading to Greece this summer after being named an assistant for the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup team.
Kansas State’s Bruce Weber will serve as head coach while North Carolina-Central’s LeVelle Moton was also selected as an assistant
“It’s an honor to be named one of the coaches for the USA U19 team and have the opportunity to coach alongside Coach Weber and Coach Moton,” Hopkins said in a statement. “There’s nothing greater than representing your country and having the chance to once again be involved is just going to be a great experience.”
The FIBA U19 World Cup will be held June 29-July 7 in Heraklion, Greece.
Training camp to select the 12-member team is June 15-18 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Hopkins could be joined on the USA team by a pair of Huskies.
UW commit Isaiah Stewart participated with the U17 team two years ago wile Husky target Jaden McDaniels will likely receive an invitation to the U19 training camp. Both five-star prospects are considered NBA lottery picks next summer.
Hopkins makes his first return to USA Basketball coaching since 2012 when he was head coach of the USA Select Team that trained against the USA Men’s National Team.
He was also a staff assistant for the USA Men’s National Team from 2008 to 2016, including at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games and the 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Cup.
“Bruce Weber, Mike Hopkins and LeVelle Moton have been very successful with each of their programs, and the three together will provide great leadership for the USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team,” said Purdue coach Matt Painter, who selected the U.S. coaching staff. “With a combination of USA Basketball and NCAA Division I coaching experience, the committee believes these coaches will best represent USA Basketball and create the opportunity to win a gold medal.”
The USA earned its qualifying spot for the U19 worlds in 2018 by capturing gold at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship with a 6-0 record.
In the 13 U19 competitions, USA men’s teams own a 91-14 all-time record while winning six gold medals, three silvers and one bronze.