Billy Donovan To Coach Under-18 Team At 2012 FIBA Americas Championship

Florida Gators men’s basketball head coach Billy Donovan has been named the head coach of the United States Under-18 team that will participate in the 2012 FIBA Americas Championship. Donovan will be joined by one of his former assistants – VCU’s Shaka Smart – and Gonzaga’s Mark Few on the staff.

Donovan is excited about the opportunity to represent the United States in the tournament, and I’m sure excited about the chance to coach some up-and-coming stars as well. Training begins on June 5, with the tournament coming later that month from June 16-20 in Sao Sebastio do Paraiso, Brazil.

Florida Assistant Shaka Smart Heads to VCU

Former Florida assistant coach Anthony Grant is now the former VCU head coach since being named the current Alabama head coach. VCU has found his replacement in the form of current Florida assistant coach Shaka Smart. Confused yet? Smart came to the Gators in 2008 after short stints at Akron and Clemson. He is the latest of Billy Donovan’s assistants to get a head coaching nod.

And as a tribute to Shaka, we bring you Chaka…