UW's Romar to coach U.S. Under-18 team this summer

SEATTLE -- USA Basketball has selected Washington coach Lorenzo Romar to lead the men's Under-18 basketball team in this summer's qualification tournament for the 2007 FIBA world championships.

Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt and Jerry Wainwright of DePaul will be Romar's assistants. The qualifying tournament runs from June 28-July 2 in San Antonio.

"Whenever I've gotten a chance to work with USA Basketball, I've always felt honored," Romar said. "To represent the United States in the United States is going to be a first for me, and I anticipate it is going to be very special."

Romar is 84-42 in four seasons with Washington, reaching the NCAA Tournament's round of 16 the past two years.

He was an assistant to Tom Izzo at the 2003 Pan American Games, and an assistant under Rick Majerus at the 1997 Under-22 World Championship.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim is chairmain of the committee that chose the coaches. They will select the team from about 30 candidates during tryouts June 16-18 in San Antonio.

The qualifying tournament includes the United States, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Argentina, Bahamas, Canada and Puerto Rico. Four teams will qualify for the 2007 FIBA Under-19 World Championship.

The United States is 25-1 in Under-18 qualifiers. The U.S. men won gold in 1990, 1994 and 1998, and they won bronze in 2002.