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USA Basketball to Get Strong Gonzaga Influence This Summer

© Gonzaga coach Mark Few will be an assistant under Florida coach Billy Donovan (Photo: SWX) © Gonzaga coach Mark Few will be an assistant under Florida coach Billy Donovan (Photo: SWX)
Gonzaga women's coach Kelly Graves will work with Miami's Kate Maier (Photo: SWX) Gonzaga women's coach Kelly Graves will work with Miami's Kate Maier (Photo: SWX)

USA basketball – both the men's and women's teams – are going to have a strong Gonzaga flavor to them in 2012. That is because men's coach Mark Few and women's coach Kelly Graves both agreed to be assistant coaches for the U.S. teams in the FIBA Americas U18 Championships this summer.

Few was named an assistant to Florida's Billy Donovan for the men's team. And on Thursday it was announced that Graves would assist Miami coach Kate Maier on the women's team. Both will take their teams to Puerto Rico this summer in hopes of securing a berth into the 2013 U19 Championships next year.

"Anytime you have the opportunity to represent your country, it is a positive and something to take a lot of pride in," said Few in a news release.

"It's a great honor, no question about that," said Graves. "Just to be considered to help coach is an honor and then being on a staff like this, it's just incredible. It's something I'm really looking forward to."

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