Bruce Weber says K-State’s senior class left a legacy at the school
Bruce Weber will have a busy schedule and a second job this summer.
At about this time next month, Weber will briefly turn his focus away from the K-State basketball team and lead a collection of the nation’s best young hoops talent as the head coach for Team USA at the U19 World Cup in Heraklion, Greece.
“It’s an honor to represent Team USA at such a prestigious event like the World Cup,” Weber said in a statement. “I have had a long association with USA Basketball as a committee member, court coach and as an assistant to Coach (Gene) Keady for several championships.”
“I appreciate the organization’s Board of Directors for giving me this special opportunity to coach some of our country’s best players on the world stage. I look forward to getting to work with the players and the rest of the staff and representing our country in Greece.”
Training camp for the international tournament, which is held every two years and features only players 19 or younger, will begin on June 15 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Finalists for the team will be announced on June 18 and the roster will be set prior to the team’s departure for Greece on June 24.
The U19 World Cup will begin on June 29 and end on July 7.
Team USA has been placed in Group A of the event, which also includes Lithuania, New Zealand and Senegal.
Coaching the national team, at any age group, is considered a high honor by all in the basketball business.
“I want to thank my family, the K-State administration and our coaching staff for allowing me to realize this opportunity with Team USA,” Weber said. “Due to the length of this commitment, it was important to me to get their blessing to accept this role with USA Basketball.”
Washington coach Mike Hopkins and North Carolina Central coach LeVelle Moton will join Weber as assistants on the team.
Former K-State basketball player, and current graduate assistant, Shane Southwell will also be at Weber’s side as a video coordinator.