Ex-NBA guard trains U.S. Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team

cory-alexander-usa-basketballFormer NBA guard, head coach of Team Takeover AAU in Virginia, Cory Alexander has been named a court coach for the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team training camp, that is taking place  place July 24-August 1 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, according to USA Basketball.

Alexander most recently completed his second USA Basketball coaching assignment as an assistant coach for the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Select Team that defeated the World Select Team 84-73, in the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit on April 14, in Portland, Oregon. He also served as the USA assistant coach at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit.

“This is very special to me because whenever you get an opportunity to be a part of USA Basketball as a player or a coach, it is of the utmost importance to be associated with the best of the best,” Alexander said.

It should be noted that Alexander himself is also a USA Basketball medalist himself, having won a gold and silver medal in 1993 and bronze in 1991.

“It’s an honor to get to represent my country once again doing what I love to do,” he continued.

Alexander assisted the USA U17 coaching staff of head coach Don Showalter (Iowa City High School, Iowa) and assistant coaches Eric Flannery (St. Edward High School, Ohio) and L.J. Goolsby (KC Run DMC, Kan.) during the first three days of the team’s training camp.

“Coach Show has been great to me, and taught me so much about the international game in the short periods of time that I’ve spent with him in the past,” Alexander said.

“As a coach, there’s nothing more exciting than working with the best players in the country,” he added.

cory-alexander-vs-kobe-bryantA former NBA player and University of Virginia star, Alexander also suited up for the USA and is a three-time USA Basketball medalist.

He helped the USA to a gold medal at the 1993 FIBA U21 World Championship in Spain, a silver medal at the 1993 FIBA Americas U20 Championship in Argentina and a bronze medal with the South Team at the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival.

In his four years (1991-92 through 1994-95) at the University of Virginia, Alexander averaged 15.1 ppg., 3.5 rpg., 4.7 apg. and 1.2 spg. in his career. He tallied a 84-45 career record in college, winning an NIT Championship in his first season followed by three-straight NCAA Tournaments, including the 1993 Sweet Sixteen and the 1995 Elite Eight.

As the 29th selection in the 1995 NBA Draft, Alexander first went to the San Antonio Spurs, where he played for almost three seasons (1995-96 through 1997-98). After being traded to the Denver Nuggets in the latter part of 1997-98, he played two more years for the Denver Nuggets (through 1999-00), and then for the Orlando Magic for 26 games in 2000-01. Alexander suited up once again in the NBA, playing for the Charlotte Bobcats in 2004-05.

Alexader played a total of 307 NBA games (started in 35), averaging 5.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg. and 2.7 spg in 15.8 mpg.

He also played for Virtus Roma in the Italian and EuroLeagues, as well as for the NBDL Roanoke Dazzle in 2003 and 2004, earning 2003 All-NBDL second team honors.

Alexander also has worked as a commentator for the ACC network, and since 1995 he has run the Cory Alexander Basketball School in Richmond, Virginia. In 2011-12, Alexander was an assistant basketball coach at Hampden-Sydney College.

Originally from Waynesboro, Virginia, Alexander went to high school at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, where he was named a McDonald’s All-American, Parade Magazine All-America first team, Mr. Basketball of Virginia and the Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year as a senior in 1991.


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