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March 12, 2013

John Beilein selected as assistant coach for USA basketball

Michigan coach John Beilein has never been an assistant coach, rising through the ranks from junior college to Big Ten basketball as a head coach - but that will change this summer.

Beilein will be an assistant coach for USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team at this summer's World University Games.

Davidson coach Bob McKillop will serve as the team's head coach, and South Carolina coach Frank Martin will be an assistant coach alongside Beilein.

"I am honored to have been selected to be an assistant coach for USA Basketball this summer at the World University Games," Beilein said in a statement released by USA Basketball. "I look forward to working with head coach Bob McKillop and Frank Martin in our quest for a gold medal. It is a great opportunity to grow as a coach while also representing the United States of America."

The World University Games are held every other summer, and will take place July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia.

The team will be comprised of players that are between the ages of 17 and 24 and are either in college or less than a year removed.

The three coaches will hold a training camp June 24-July 1 in Colorado Springs, Colo. to determine their roster, which will consist of 12 members.

"Representing our country is one of the most significant experiences for a coach or player," McKillop said in the statement. "I will treasure the opportunity. It's an honor to coach the USA Basketball World University Games Team."

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