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Maryland coach Mark Turgeon named assistant coach for U.S. U18 national team

Mark Turgeon will serve as an assistant with the U.S. U18 national team.

Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon will not get much of an offseason.

Turgeon, who led the 27-9 Terps to their first Sweet 16 in 13 years, was named Thursday as an assistant coach for the United States U18 national team. Turgeon will join Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie on the staff of Texas head coach Shaka Smart.

The 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship will be held July 19-23 in Valdivia, Chile. The top four teams will qualify for the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship. Last summer, Turgeon served as a court coach at the USA Pan Am Games training camp.

“I’m really excited and appreciative of this opportunity to be associated with USA Basketball and the U18 national team,” Turgeon said in a statement released by the Maryland athletic department. “I have a great deal of respect for Shaka Smart and Kevin Ollie and look forward to working with them and a talented group of players.”

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