USA Basketball was expected to make the suburb west of Phoenix its home thanks to longtime hometown executive Jerry Colangelo, who assembled the 2008 gold medal Olympic basketball team.
Indianapolis' central location and strong reputation for hosting events, proximity to the NCAA and National Federation of State High School Associations both key USA Basketball members and access to the Indiana Pacers' personnel and facilities were factors sources said put the city in favor with USA Basketball officials. And the city, which is already home to USA Track & Field, USA Gymnastics, USA Diving and U.S. Synchronized Swimming, has proven to be a successful home for national governing bodies.
But in the end, Colangelo's clout was difficult to trump. Colangelo, who is Phoenix Suns chairman and managing director of USA Basketball's 2006-2008 Men's Senior National Team program, this month was elected chairman of USA Basketball's board for the 2009-2012 term.
USA Basketball is planning to build a training facility to stage year-round signature basketball competitions and festivals, exhibition games, youth instructional programs, skills camps, coaching clinics and conferences. Executive offices also will be built as part of the project.