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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – North Carolina Central University men’s basketball head coach LeVelle Moton has been selected as a court coach for the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team training camp, USA Basketball announced Wednesday.

Moton is one of three to be selected as court coaches by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Syracuse Hall of Fame head coach Jim Boeheim.

The three court coaches (Moton, Donnie Bostwick of Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Kerry Keating from Santa Clara University) will assist the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team coaching staff during training camp, which will take place June 13-19 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“It means the world to me to be selected to USA Basketball,” Moton said. “I am humbled and honored to have an opportunity to represent my country and impact young lives while doing so. As a kid, we all dream of USA Basketball opportunities, and I thank God that mine has come true.”

The 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship, will be played June 27-July 5 in Heraklion, Crete, Greece, where the USA will be led by the University of Arizona’s Sean Miller and assistant coaches Ed Cooley of Providence College and Archie Miller of the University of Dayton.

Moton enters his first USA Basketball coaching assignment after becoming the first men’s basketball coach in NCCU history to repeat as Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season champions with a 16-0 record in 2014-15.

In his six years at his alma mater, Moton has amassed a 114-75 record (.603 winning percentage), which includes three consecutive 20-win seasons, trips to the NCAA and NIT postseason tournaments and the school’s first MEAC Tournament championship title.

Moton was named the MEAC Coach of the Year for 2013-14 and the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) District 15 Coach of the Year for 2014-15, while also being a finalist for the Hugh Durham (Top Mid-Major Coach) and Ben Jobe (Top Minority Coach) National Coach of the Year awards in each of the past two seasons.

The NCCU Hall of Famer joined the program’s staff after serving as the boys basketball coach at Sanderson High School in Raleigh, North Carolina from 2004 to 2007, where he led the Spartans to an overall record of 59-25 (.702 winning percentage) and back-to-back North Carolina High School Athletic Association Cap-7 Conference Tournament championships (2006 and 2007).

A 1996 graduate of NCCU with a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration, Moton became the school’s third all-time leading scorer with 1,714 points during his historic hardwood career as an Eagle from 1992-96, earning the nickname “Poetry `n Moton.”

During his junior and senior seasons, Moton was voted All-CIAA First Team, NCAA Division II South Atlantic All-Region First Team and NCAA Division II All-America Honorable Mention. He was named the 1996 CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and was inducted into the NCCU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.

In December of 2013, Moton received his master’s degree from NCCU in special education with a focus on learning disabilities.

USA Basketball

Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Basketball, chaired by Jerry Colangelo, is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety.

USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams between 2012-14 compiled a spectacular 122-4 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the World University Games and the Nike Hoop Summit, and posted a 65-8 win-loss record in official FIBA and FIBA Americas 3×3 competitions.

USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics; men’s FIBA World Cup and women’s FIBA World Championship; men’s and women’s FIBA U19 and U17 World Championships; men’s and women’s U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; the FIBA 3×3 Women’s World Championship; the FIBA 3×3 Women’s U18 World Championship; and the women’s Youth Olympic Games. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA’s world-ranking categories, including combined, men’s, women’s, boys and girls.

Courtesy: NCCU


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