Ohio State men's basketball: Chris Holtmann will coach at U19 national team camp
Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann will make his first appearance with USA Basketball this month.
Holtmann will be one of six court coaches overseeing the USA Men’s U19 national team camp, which will be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from June 15-17 at the United States Olympic Training Center.
“Representing USA Basketball and working with some of our country’s best young players is an honor and privilege,” Holtmann said in a statement. “USA Basketball has assembled a tremendous coaching staff and I look forward to working alongside them and helping in any way.”
He will be joined by fellow coaches Rodney Billups (University of Denver), Jeff Britt (Bethel (Tennessee) University), Jeff Culver (University of Colorado Colorado Springs), Aaron Gray (former NBA athlete) and Hank Plona (Indian Hills Community College.
The camp will be used to select the roster for the 2019 USA Men’s U19 National Team. Thirty-four athletes have been invited, some of whom are in the 2020 class and are being recruited by Ohio State like Nimari Burnett of Napa Valley (California) Prolific Prep. The U19 team will ultimately be coached by Kansas State’s Bruce Weber with assistant coaches Mike Hopkins (Washington) and LeVelle Moton (N.C. Central).
The USA Men’s Basketball junior national team committee is led by Holtmann’s fellow Big Ten coach Matt Painter of Purdue. Also on the committee: athletic representative Shane Battier and collegiate head coaches Tony Bennett (Virginia), Ed Cooley (Providence) and Sean Miller (Arizona) as NCAA representatives.