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Terps' Turgeon named court coach for U.S. Pan American team training camp

Terps' Turgeon named court coach for U.S. Pan American team training camp
Maryland's head coach Mark Turgeon yells to his team as they play against Michigan State in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament in Chicago, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)

Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon has been selected as one of three court coaches for the U.S. Pan American Team training camp.

He'll join Jason Flanigan (Holmes Community College) and Ron Hunter (Georgia State). The coaches were selected by the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee.

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"Their involvement as court coaches will help have our USA Basketball squad fully prepared for the high level of competition in the Pan American Games," Jim Boeheim, Syracuse Hall of Fame head coach and chair of the committee, said in a statement.

Training camp will be held July 7-13 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the court coaches will assist the USA staff of head coach Mark Few (Gonzaga) and assistant coaches Tad Boyle (Colorado) and Mike Brown.

"I'm very humbled and honored to be a part of USA Basketball and have this outstanding opportunity to be a part of the Pan American Games coaching staff," Turgeon said in a statement. "I truly admire Mark Few, Tad Boyle and Mike Brown, and I am excited to work alongside these outstanding coaches and players."

Organized by the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO), the Pan American Games is a multi-sport competition open to men and women representing countries from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean.

The USA men have captured a record eight Pan American Games gold medals and added three silver and two bronze medals in the 16 editions of the event, which first was held in 1951. Played every four years, the USA men own an all-time record of 87-15 at the event.

The U.S. will play in preliminary round Group A and face Venezuela on July 21, Puerto Rico on July 22 and Brazil on July 23. Argentina, Canada, Dominican Republic and Mexico will play in preliminary round Group B.

The top two placing teams in each preliminary round group will advance to the medal-round semifinals on July 24, while the third and fourth place finisher in each preliminary round group will compete out for 5th-8th places. The finals are on July 25.

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