Cougars to Play Host to USA National Team

Aug. 7, 2017

HOUSTON – – The University of Houston Men’s Basketball program will play host to the USA Men’s National Team inside Guy V. Lewis Development Facility in mid-August as Team USA prepares for the FIBA AmeriCup 2017.

Former Houston Rockets Head Coach Jeff Van Gundy will lead the National Team with Ty Ellis and Mo McHone serving as assistant coaches. Players selected to participate in the USA AmeriCup Team training camp are expected to primarily be from the NBA G League and will be announced at a later date.

Training camp begins Aug. 17 and wraps up Aug. 24 inside the Guy V. Lewis Development Facility.

The United States opens Group C preliminary play on Aug. 28 against Panama before facing Uruguay on Aug. 29. The team concludes preliminary play on Aug. 30 against the Dominican Republic.

The FIBA AmeriCup 2017, considered the FIBA Americas zone championship, will feature 12 nations from North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South American.

The Guy V. Lewis Development Facility was dedicated in April 2016. Built at a cost of $25 million, the 53,000-square-foot facility provides the environment that the Houston Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs need to excel throughout the season in all areas.

The first level houses a dedicated practice court for each team as well as sports performance and sports medicine areas, which will be used by both programs.

The second level features the teams' areas, which include locker rooms and academic/film theaters. The team rooms contain spacious, modern lockers and multiple video screens for television and video games. The third level holds office space for both Men's and Women's Basketball coaching and support staffs.

The Guy V. Lewis Development Facility is only the most recent completed capital project for Houston Basketball. The Cougars’ former home arena – Hofheinz Pavilion – is currently undergoing a $60 million renovation to become the Fertitta Center for the 2018-19 season.

The project was made possible by a generous $20 million donation from UH System Board of Regents Chairman Tilman J. Fertitta and his family.

The facility will feature a premium club area and a courtside club. The reconfigured bowl will move mid-court seating locations closer to game action with floor-level seating opposite the team benches for UH students. Renovations include a new audio system, sports lighting and video boards as well as new concession stands and expanded restrooms. The facility's exterior also will be refreshed.

The Cougars open their 2017-18 season on Nov. 10 when they play host to McNeese. It will be the first of 12 non-conference games, including six in Houston.

Current season-ticket holders should check their emails or visit UHCougars.com/tickets and login into their accounts to renew their season tickets for the 2017-18 season.

New season tickets go on sale Aug. 14.

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Fans are invited to join the 50-50 Club to support Houston Men’s Basketball. 50-50 Club members help fund program necessities and enhance the experience for our student-athletes.

Fans who join the 50-50 Club will receive embroidered team apparel, a signed basketball, invitations to practice, a tour of the $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility, regular updates about the program and much more.

To join the 50-50 Club, fans can call 713-743-9742 or email UHMensBasketball@uh.edu. For more information about the 50-50 Club, levels of giving and benefits, fans can click here.

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