Duncan to Join Kent on USA Basketball Staff

May 13, 2002


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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 13, 2002) -- University of Oregon assistant coach Scott Duncan has been selected to join Ernie Kent's staff as a court coach for the 2002 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team trials, USA Basketball announced Monday. NCAA collegiate head coaches Bobby Gonzalez of Manhattan College (N.Y.) and Robert McCullum from Western Michigan University, NAIA head mentor John Moore from Westmont College (Calif.) and NJCAA head coach Mark Nelson from Wabash Valley College (Ill.) round out the staff. The selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee that is chaired by Terry Holland, University of Virginia athletic director emeritus.

'Our court coaches represent the life-blood of the trials process - they are the 'hands-on' teachers on the courts and they also stay in the dorms and eat their meals with our trials participants,' said Holland. 'These coaches represent a cross-section of outstanding intercollegiate basketball coaches - NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NAIA and junior college. Serving as a court coach has proved to be the important first step to serving as a coach for one of the teams representing the United States and/or serving on the selection committee itself.'

The five will serve as court coaches during the 2002 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Trials that will be held May 31-June 2 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Trials court coaching staff is responsible for conducting drills, coaching scrimmages and working with players who will be vying for spots on the USA team.

The first Trials session will be held on Friday, May 31 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. (All times are MDT), with two sessions, 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m., scheduled for Saturday, June 1, and one final practice session to be conducted 8:30-10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 2.

The 2002 Trials will feature approximately 35 of the nations top 18-year-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1984) players and will be used to select finalists for the 2002 USA Basketball Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team. The final 12-member USA team will be named during the team's training camp which will be held on dates and at sites to be determined.

The USA junior squad will compete July 24-28 in Venezuela at the 2002 COPABA (Confederation of Pan American Basketball Associations) Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament. Featuring eight teams from North, South and Central America, and the Caribbean, the United States will attempt to earn one of the Americas Zone's four qualifying spots for next year's 2003 FIBA Junior World Championship that will be held in Malaysia (city and dates TBD).

University of Oregon mentor Ernie Kent will serve as head coach of the 2002 USA Basketball Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team, and will be assisted by Bob McKillop of Davidson College (N.C.) and Gary Waters of Rutgers University (N.J.).

Scott Duncan

Duncan completed in 2001-02 his second season with the Oregon Ducks after gaining national recognition for his recruiting efforts last summer. Duncan was named one of the hardest working assistant coaches and one of the nation's best recruiters in a pair of surveys compiled by Rivals.com's Dave Telep. He was also recently named the 12th best assistant coach in the country by Hoop Scoop.

Duncan has accumulated over 23 years as a major college basketball assistant coach. The Columbus, Ohio, native has been associated with Division I programs that have advanced to postseason play 11 of the past 17 seasons. In 1998, he was singled out by one major publication as one of the top 16 assistants in the country.

Duncan officially joined the Ducks' coaching staff in 2000 after spending the three seasons under Larry Shyatt, assisting the University of Wyoming to its first postseason berth in seven campaigns in 1997-98 before moving with Shyatt to Clemson University (S.C.) the following year. During 1998-99, Duncan helped coach the Tigers to their seventh 20-win season (20-15). He also played a major role in the school signing four of the nation's top 100 recruits. Encompassing a span that began with a two-year stint at Washington State University during the 1995-96 season, Duncan has helped attract recruiting classes that have been recognized among the top 25 in the country five of the last seven years.

Graduating with undergraduate degrees in economics and physical education from the College of Wooster (Ohio) in 1978, the four-year letterman began his coaching career as a part-time assistant for Ray Dieringer at Cleveland State University (Ohio) in 1978-79. Two years later, he joined the University of New Mexico for a 10-year tenure under head coaches Gary Colson and Dave Bliss, which included a pair of NIT wins over Oregon in 1988 and '90. Duncan also spent time with Colson at Fresno State University (Calif.) and then four years at Northern Illinois University (1991-92 through 1994-95) under Brian Hammil prior to his stops at Washington State(head coach Kevin Eastman), Wyoming and Clemson.

The USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, in addition to chair Holland, consists of: NCAA appointees Jim Boeheim (head coach, Syracuse University, N.Y.); Rob Evans (head coach, Arizona State University); Jim O'Brien (head coach, Ohio State University) and Tubby Smith (head coach, University of Kentucky); NABC appointee Oliver Purnell (head coach, University of Dayton, Ohio); NAIA appointee Ralph Turner (head coach, Union University, Tenn.); NJCAA appointee Dan Sparks (head coach, Vincennes University, Ind.), and athlete representatives Steve Wojciechowski (1995 Junior World Championship team / assistant coach, Duke University, N.C.) and A.J. Wynder (1995 Pan American Games team / head coach, Nassau Community College, N.Y.).


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