On January 9 2016, it was announced by the South Sudan Basketball Federation that Jerry Steele would become the new head coach of the men's national team for preparation of the 2017 AfroBasket competition. Through the agreement Steele would be under contract until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
In the 2017 AfroBasket qualifiers, the team was placed in Zone 5 Group A, with Egypt, Kenya, Rwanda. They would lose to Egypt by 11 points (87-76) in the first match on March 12. Two days later the national team got it first victory in group stage against Kenya by 2 (68-66). The next day, the team relieved its next loss by ten (80-90) to Rwanda, later placing them in the Classification game. On March 12, the team would beat Kenya in the Classification game in OT (84-89).
Coach Steele and the South Sudan Basketball Federation parted ways by mutual agreement on October 3, 2017.
On November 7, 2017, Scott Catt was appointed to be the new head coach of the men's national team by the South Sudan Basketball Federation. Madut Bol, son of the late Manute Bol, was also named as assistant head coach of the men's national team.