PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – USA Basketball announced Wednesday that Northern Arizona Suns head coach Ty Ellis will help lead the men’s national team in the FIBA AmeriCup 2017.
Ellis will assist former NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy, who was named head coach of the USA Basketball men’s national team for the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 and the FIBA World Cup Qualifying games. Veteran international coach Mo McHone was also named an assistant coach for the USA AmeriCup Team.
The NAZ Suns head coach will help lead USA teams at the Aug. 25-Sept. 3 FIBA AmeriCup 2017 held in Argentina, Uruguay and Colombia. USA is scheduled to play in Montevideo, Uruguay, against Panama on Aug. 28, against Uruguay on Aug. 29, and against the Dominican Republic on Aug. 30.
If USA advances to the semifinals, they will play in Cordoba, Argentina, on Sept. 2.
“I want to thank my wife and family for their support, and everyone involved for this wonderful opportunity,” said Ellis. “I feel truly blessed and honored to be a part of USA Basketball. Since the 1992 Dream Team, it has been my lifelong dream to be a part of USA Basketball and now, that dream has come true.”
“I’m extremely fortunate to have an opportunity to learn from Coach Van Gundy and Coach Mo. I had a chance to experience Coach Van Gundy’s coaching early in my playing career and I always admired his knowledge, honesty, and attention to detail. Now I have a chance to be his assistant coach and be a part of USA Basketball. I’m living the dream!”
Ellis joins Van Gundy, who was a head coach in the NBA for 11 seasons, to help lead a group that is expected to primarily consist of NBA G League players.
The AmeriCup preliminary round will see each team play a round-robin format versus the other three nations in their group. Final-round host Argentina and the top finishing teams from Group A, Group B and Group C will advance to the semifinals.
USA is in Group C. The other eight teams in the tournament are Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela.
Ellis has plenty of international experience as a player, seeing professional stints in Germany, Turkey, Italy and Spain.
The 39-year-old was named the first ever head coach of the Northern Arizona Suns in 2016.