Dan Monson named assistant to USA team

Minnesota head coach Dan Monson was named as an assistant to Oklahoma's Kelvin Sampson as they will coach the 2004 USA World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Team. Marquette head coach Tom Crean will also serve as an assistant. The 2004 USA Young Men's Team will compete July 28 - Aug. 1 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in the 2004 FIBA Americas World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Tournament.

Finalists for the USA Team, which will compete against seven other teams from the Americas for one of the three Americas Zone qualifying berths for the 2005 FIBA World Championships For Young Men, will be selected following trials July 16-18 at the New Jersey Nets practice facility in East Rutherford, N.J. Any male athlete who is a U.S. citizen and is 20-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1984) is eligible for the 2004 USA Basketball World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Team.

The USA has qualified for all three previous World Championship For Young Men tournaments and has compiled a 22-2 overall record while winning gold medals in 1993 and 2001. The Americans squads have also compiled a 15-2 win-loss record in the three World Championship For Young Men Qualifying tournaments, winning gold in 1996 and silver in 2000 and 1993.

Dan Monson has compiled an overall record of 89-75 (.542) at Minnesota and his careerr mark is 141-92 (.605).

"It's always a great honor to be asked to represent your country and USA Basketball," remarked Monson. "Coach Sampson is a great coach and a good friend and I am excited about the opportunity to work with him. To do so representing the U.S. makes this very special. I look forward to the having a chance at winning a gold medal in Canada."

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