The selection as an assistant coach for the 2011-12 USA Basketball Developmental National Team marked the the third USA Basketball coaching assignment for DeMatha High School (Md.) head coach Mike Jones.
In his first summer as the USA Developmental National Team assistant coach, Jones aided the U.S. squad to a 5-0 mark, the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship gold medal and a berth for the U.S. into the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship. More recently Jones was on the sideline as the 2012 USA U17 World Championship Team defended the USA's U17 title in Kaunas, Lithuania. In claiming the gold medal with a perfect 8-0 record, the U.S. outscored teams by 39.9 points a game, averaging a tournament-best even 100.0 ppg., while holding teams to a low of 60.1 ppg.
In April Jones served as an assistant coach for the 2012 USA Junior National Select Team at the annual Nike Hoop Summit.
Prior to being named as an assistant coach for the 2011-12 USA Basketball Development National Team, Jones was an assistant coach for the 2004 USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival East Team that finished 2-3 and collected a bronze medal.
Jones recently completed his 10th season at the helm the DeMatha boys basketball team, where he himself was a basketball player and high school student. He was hired as the interim coach in 2002-03 and given the head coach position in the following season.
Most recently Jones led his 2011-12 team to a 30-5 record, a final No. 11 national ranking by USA Today and the 2012 Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament championship.
Five times (2005-07, 2009 and 2010) Jones has led the Stags to a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) title, including in 2010 when the Stags finished 32-4 and secured the Abe Pollin City Title. Also during the 2009-10 season, Jones surpassed the 200-win mark with the Stags, finishing the year with 205 victories.
Honored as the 2005 Washington Post All-Met Coach of the Year, Jones also helped DeMatha earn national
recognition as the No. 2 ranked high school athletic program in the United States by Sports Illustrated in 2005 and 2007.
Many of Jones' DeMatha alumni have graduated to compete in Division I college basketball, including Notre Dame freshman Jerian Grant, Indiana freshman Victor Oladipo, Georgetown senior Austin Freeman and Mikael Hopkins, a current DeMatha senior who will head to play for the Hoyas in 2011-12. Prior to his transfer to Oak Hill Academy (Va.), Jones also coached two-time USA Basketball gold medalist and current Duke standout Quinn Cook.
As a senior basketball player at DeMatha in 1991, Jones was the second-leading scorer on a team that went 30-0, one of two undefeated teams in school history. Jones helped DeMatha win the WCAC title, the City Title and the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament before leaving for Old Dominion on a scholarship.
A standout player at Old Dominion University from 1991-92 through 1994-95, Jones was a member of the All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) second team and to the CAA All-Tournament in his senior season.
His college career at ODU saw Jones lead the Monarchs to two trips to the NCAA in 1992 and 1995, and he capped his ODU career with 1,166 points.
As a senior, Jones averaged 16.5 ppg. He led the team in 3-point field goal percentage (.426, 80-188 3pt FGs) as a senior. The 80 made threes marks the sixth-best in ODU single-season history.
Following his career at ODU, Jones tried out for several NBA teams, played professionally in the CBA and International Basketball Association, where he was first team all-league in 1997. He also played professionally in Portugal, Hong Kong, Finland and the Dominican Republic.
|USA Basketball Coaching History|
|2012 FIBA U17 World Championship||Asst. Coach||8-0||1.000||Gold Medal|
|USA U17 Exhibition Games||Asst. Coach||2-0||1.000||n/a|
|Nike Hoop Summit||Asst. Coach||1-0||1.000||n/a|
|2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship||Asst. Coach||5-0||1.000||Gold Medal|
|2004 USA Youth Development Festival East Team||Asst. Coach||2-3||.400||Bronze Medal|
|Assistant Coach Totals||4 Teams||18-3||.857||2 Golds, 1 Bronze|