Billy Donovan will serve as head coach of the USA Basketball junior national team.
Donovan’s coaching staff will include Gonzaga head coach Mark Few and VCU head coach Shaka Smart.
“It’s always an honor to be selected to represent your country, and I’m incredibly thankful for this opportunity to be a part of USA Basketball,” Donovan said. “I have great respect for Shaka Smart and Mark Few, and I’m looking forward to working alongside them.”
The 2012 FIBA Americas under-18 Championships will be held this summer in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso, Brazil.
One NBA talent evaluator sees a little bit of Ray Allen in Bradley Beal.
"I'm not comparing him to Ray (Allen), but he's the best I've seen since Ray in terms of being able to catch and shoot," said an official from a Southeast Division.
Despite the high praise, Beal shot just 33.9 percent from beyond the arc during his lone season at Florida.
"The one thing that hindered him was (Kenny) Boynton and (Erving) Walker were chuckers," said a Southwest Division scout. "I saw him against Arizona and I wanted Bradley to get (ticked): 'Why don't y'all pass the ball?' But he stayed in his lane. If Bradley had played with a better point guard, he probably would have had better numbers."
Standing at 6-foot-3 with good length and a strong frame, Beal has the tools to play shooting guard at the next level.
"I think he can guard people," the Northwest scout said. "He's really, really strong, very physical. I think he takes it personally. He wants to guard. And if you're going to play for Billy (Donovan) you have to have some of that in you."
DeVon Walker has signed a national letter of intent to play for Florida.
Walker, a 6-foot-6, 187-pound small forward, chose the Gators over Alabama.
“It was a tough decision,” Walker said. “I loved both coaches (Billy Donovan and Anthony Grant). Getting a chance to play close to home, for my family to see me play, ultimately that was the reason why I made my decision.”
Bradley Beal will soon announce his intention to enter the 2012 NBA draft.
In one season at Florida, Beal averaged 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 34.2 minutes per game. He connected on 44.5 percent of his field goal attempts, including 33.9 percent from three-point range.
The 6-foot-3 guard will be a high lottery selection.
The recruiting process is starting to wear on top-10 prospect Anthony Bennett of Henderson Findlay Prep High School.
“I appreciate all the love the coaches and fans give me,” Bennett said. “But it’s all getting kind of annoying.”
Bennett is considering Kentucky, Washington, Florida, Oregon and UNLV and he said “they are all pretty even. I don’t have a favorite right now. I’m just going to look at all of them.”
Bennett said the all-star game circuit, along with schoolwork and recruiting is just getting tough.
“I will be glad when it’s over,” Bennett said. “I’ve always stayed humble and tried to keep my head and why been annoying is because I have to do schoolwork throughout the year and then the phone calls. I have to my mom, talk to my friends, do homework and projects. And then there’s recruiting. It’s just tough.