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« Reply #63 on: Jul 14, 2013, 06:23:50 PM »

Basketball Youth Tournaments, Coaching & Training • Torneos, Conducción & Entrenamiento de Juveniles de Baloncesto

USA Basketball successful in finding gold medal guys

The United States have a never-ending wealth of basketball talent. But USA Basketball deserves praise for successfully putting together a group of gold medal characters who sacrificed their own stats to take home the trophy at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship.

It's always difficult for USA Basketball to form a team at the U19 level with all the high school, college and NBA commitments of the elite players. But the committee did a great job in selecting the team for Prague.

In a team stacked with talent from one to 12, the whole group bought in on the collective goal - gold. And that's all that mattered. To a man, the players and coaching staff all talked about sacrifice and unselfishness.

Sure, captain Marcus Smart could have tried to pad his offensive stats some more. Or Jahlil Okafor could have asked for more than just 14 minutes a game. Or Elfrid Payton could have looked more for his shot.

But the goal was gold. Sacrifice your usual stats and game for the title.

"It makes it easier when you're wearing a USA jersey," said USA assistant coach Shaka Smart.

"The guys understand that you're representing the country. And they're certainly part of something much bigger than themselves. They've done a good job sacrificing."

Marcus Smart was impressed with the way the team gelled so quickly.

"We only had a couple weeks to put this team together. These other teams have been playing for years. For us to come together so quickly - as a group of guys who are all stars on their own teams - was incredible," said the floor leader.

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"It was all about sacrifice, sacrifice for the good of the team. Unselfishness."

ahlil Okafor #15, Marcus Smart #7 and Aaron Gordon sacrificed their own stats to take home the trophy at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship
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And it was that sacrifice and playing for the collective that allowed USA to dominate as much as they did. Team USA allowed their opponents just 56.3 points per game while holding the opponents to 35 percent shooting from the field and forcing 22 turnovers per game.

Offensively, the team shared the ball and didn't worry about who got the stats - letting everybody get theirs. Aaron Gordon's USA-leading 12.6 points ranked just 18th in the tournament stats. But eight players in total averaged more than seven points.

The Americans had six different players lead the team in scoring over the nine-game undefeated run with the highest output being Marcus Smart's 18 points in the Semi-Final against Lithuania. And in eight of the nine games, at least four players scored in double figures - up to as many as seven players in two games - while "only" three USA players hit double digits in the Eighth-Final Round battle with Serbia.

"Everybody seems to be pretty unselfish. Everybody is trying to share the ball. Nobody is trying to lead the team in scoring. Everybody is trying to make this steal or get this key stop or key rebound. So the chemistry is good," said Payton over the course of the tournament, which he finished as USA's 10th-leading scorer with 6.1 points but ranked second on the team with 21 steals and third with 19 assists.

When asked to look back at how the team developed from the start of the training camp on June 14 to the final, USA coach Billy Donovan answered: "To have a team thrown together in a two-week period and come out here and win a world championship without losing a game says a lot about the guys."

The Americans' record fifth U19 World Championship title was definitely an impressive one all around. USA Basketball, you deserve the praise you are getting.

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« Reply #62 on: Jun 30, 2013, 12:03:18 AM »

Basketball Youth Tournaments, Coaching & Training • Torneos, Conducción & Entrenamiento de Juveniles de Baloncesto

Big names missing but huge expectations nonetheless
at FIBA U19 World Championship

Aah, what could have been? Sure, the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship – which tips off on Thursday in Prague –has plenty of stars to wow basketball fans.

And now here comes the proverbial "but …"

But the tournament is still lacking some elite superstar firepower that could have made the tournament one for the ages.

By now, it’s pretty clear of the biggest stars who will be gracing the parquet in Prague’s O2 Arena and Podvinny Mlyn Arena.

Group A features Dario Saric of Croatia, the Canadian trio of Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Trey Lyles and Tyler Ennis, as well as Guillermo Hernangomez, Josep Perez and Javier Marin from Spain.

Group B is topped off by Argentine power forward Gabriel Deck, Lithuanians Tomas Dimsa and Marius Grigoris and Radovan Kouril from the host Czechs.

Group C's top performers will be Australian all-around ace Dante Exum and the Serbian leaders Vasilje Micic, Nikola Jankovic and Nikola Milutinov.

In Group D, the United States team has a number of talented stars such as Marcus Smart, Jarnell Stokes, Montrezl Harrel and Jahlil Okafor. China have Zhao Ji Wei and Zhou Qi while Russia will be paced by Stanislav Ilnitskiy and Mikhail Kulagin.

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But as strong as those names are, there are more than a handful who would have given the tournament another dimension.



Big names missing but huge expectations nonetheless at FIBA U19 Basketball World Championship
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The biggest name missing is Andrew Wiggins, the Canadian superstar who decided to pull out of the spotlight a bit and start working out with Kansas University. Wiggins is highly expected to be the number one pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and many international observers were hoping to catch a glimpse of him star in Prague – and turn Canada into a serious title threat.

Croatia are in a similar situation. The U18 European champions from last summer will be a tough out but would be even tougher if they had Barcelona star prospect Mario Hezonja, who pulled out injured.

Spain will wear down some opponents with their depth but Luis Guil’s team could be even deeper – and had a bit more size and length – if Ilimane Diop had been included on the team. The Spanish federation decided instead to have Senegalese born big man play at the U18 European Championship.

Like Spain, Serbia also have a wealth of talent but they lost one major star shortly before the start of the tournament as Nikola Radicevic was kicked off the team after differences with the coaching staff.

Two of the biggest young talents in Asian basketball are also absent in the Czech Republic as Wang Zhelin was not part of China’s team and Korean emerging star Jong Hyun Lee was forced out after a facial injury just about 10 days before the start of the event.

Australia were also hit with a major absence as they will be without Mirko Djeric, who was Australia’s second leading scorer, top assist man and top three-point shooter in their run to silver medal at the 2012 U17 World Championship.

The United States always have issues trying to get together their top group of players at U19 tournaments with high school, college and NBA commitments regularly an issue. Two of the biggest names missing in Prague with prior USA experience will be Julius Randle and Jabari Parker.
But…

Don’t be scared away by the names that are not in Prague because there are loads and loads of talent in the Czech capital to enjoy. Catch all the excitement at prague2013.fiba.com.

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« Reply #61 on: Jun 22, 2013, 08:26:33 PM »

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Don't sleep on Serbia at U19 Worlds ... if they play as team

When pundits talk about favorites for the upcoming FIBA U19 World Championship, many believe Croatia, Canada, the USA, Spain or Australia will be hoisting the trophy in Prague, Czech Republic on July 7.

Well…don't sleep on Serbia.

The Serbs are absolutely loaded with a deep and talented team with plenty of professional experience and proven winners.

One disadvantage could be their draw, which is one that actually promises to be intriguing for the Serbs.

Dejan Mijatovic's team is in Group C with Australia, Brazil and Senegal - three very distinctly different teams from different continents and likely very different playing styles. Awaiting Serbia in the Eighth-Final Round would be three teams from Group D, which includes the USA, Russia, China and the Ivory Coast - yet more different styles for the Serbs to square off against.

"All of these teams require a specific and different approach. We will play against teams with different basketball philosophies," Mijatovic said to Eye on the Future.

"We have to respect each of the teams. They qualified for the World Championship as one of the best teams from their continent."

Chances are high that Serbia could square off against a European team in the Quarter-Finals since Group A has Croatia and Spain and Group B includes Lithuania and hosts Czech Republic.

Serbia, however, have already proven they can hold their own against teams from their same continent.

At the 2012 U18 European Championship, Mijatovic guided the Serbs to the bronze medal with one loss to Spain and two against Lithuania - one being a 69-67 defeat in the Semi-Finals before winning the bronze against Russia.

Missing from Serbia's U18 team last summer, however, was Vasilije Micic as well as likely U19 contributors Nikola Milutinov, Petar Aranitovic and Luka Nikolic.

One look at Micic's resume is enough to see how much the point guard could have helped the team last summer and how much better it will be in Prague.

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The Kraljevo native was selected to the All-Tournament Team at the 2011 U18 European Championship as a 17-year-old and brought home the silver medal - losing in the Final to a Spain team which included tournament MVP Alex Abrines now with Barcelona.


Alejandro Abrines, probably the most promising player in Spain
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This past season, Micic played his third year with Serbian professional team Mega Vizura, finishing third in the league in assists with 5.0 per game to go along with 11.8 points and 3.6 rebounds.

He isn't the only Serbian who had professional experience to call upon.

Power forward Nikola Jankovic played in the Belgian league and Eurocup with Spirou Charleroi and Milutinov earned Euroleague and Adriatic League minutes with Partizan Belgrade.

Jovan Novak and Dusan Kutlesic meanwhile both played in Serbia's top league as well and Djoko Salic was named MVP of this winter's Nike International Junior Tournaments (NIJT) in Rome.

Most of Serbia's players are individual stars but Mijatovic must form a unit for the nation to return to the podium after winning silver in 2011.

"First of all, to find chemistry between us, every player has to be ready to tear up a part of himself and subordinate to this team so we can function as one. We all have to think like that if we want to go all the way," said Mijatovic, who was the U19 coach for Serbia two summers ago in Latvia.

The coach did say this group of Serbians is special and has high expectations - both in Prague and beyond.

"Everybody in Serbia is expecting a lot from this generation, in context of the future of our basketball, for them to be the leaders for our senior national team in future years," he said.

"The rating of our basketball school always brings pressure to make good results in every youth championship."

A medal in Prague would not be a surprise given the level of talent, experience and winning tradition the group has.

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« Reply #60 on: Apr 27, 2013, 10:34:46 PM »

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Decision II - Wiggins graceful in college decision process

Back in July 2010, there was The Decision. Everyone wanted to know where LeBron James was going - before he eventually decided to "take his talents to South Beach" and the Miami Heat.

Well, college basketball in the United States is in the middle of a Decision II - as Canadian superstar talent Andrew Wiggins is expected sometime soon to announce where he will play college basketball next fall.

And those close to the Toronto native, who just turned 18 years old in late February, say he has been "extremely graceful" in light of the massive media attention.

Wiggins, who helped the World Team to two straight Nike Hoop Summit victories over the United States in 2012 and 2013, has narrowed his list down to four universities - Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina.

That process alone was tough enough for the small forward, who is widely regarded to be the number one pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Wiggins is the only player in the top 100 of ESPN's class of 2013 to not announce where he will play college basketball starting in the fall.

Oh, of course, he's at the top of that list too.

And everybody is waiting for him to decide - not just those four universities and their fans.

Wiggins has been under immense media attention ever since he reclassified his high school class status to 2013, meaning he would enter college in the fall of 2013 and likely the NBA in 2014.

While admirers and followers have made songs about Wiggins, observers and experts from throughout the U.S. are trying to predict where he will go.

All the while, the Huntington Prep star just shrugs off the talk of people saying he will go here or there.

Wiggins wrote "Don't believe everything you hear, don't believe everything you read!!" on his twitter account @22wiggins on February 7 and then on April 12 wrote: ...

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"Lol if you ain't in my family you know nothing about my recruitment, lol stop with the rumors".

College basketball in the United States is in the middle of a Decision II - as Canadian superstar talent Andrew Wiggins is expected sometime soon to announce where he will play college basketball next fall. And those close to the Toronto native, who just turned 18 years old in late February, say he has been
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Roy Rana, who has coached Wiggins at the last two Hoop Summits as well as the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship, is impressed with how well Wiggins has handled all the attention.

"I think he's doing a phenomenal job handling it. I don't know how he's handling it," he told Eye on the Future.

"It's constant media attention, the constant media speculation about every move he makes. What he wears, which way he walks. It's a little ridiculous. But he's been extremely graceful about it. He's a very polite young man…He's a lot more comfortable with himself. And I just cannot say enough about Andrew. I'm pleased, a little bit surprised but very proud about how he’s dealing with all this. It’s not easy for anyone."

Rana said one of the keys to Wiggins' composure is his parents. Father Mitchell Wiggins won silver with the United States at the 1982 FIBA World Championship, played in the NBA from 1983-1987 and 1989-1992 and later played in Italy, Greece, Philippines, Greece and France. And Wiggins' mother, Marita Payne-Wiggins, won two track and field silver medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics for Canada.

"He's been very well raised by his family. He's got great people skills," added Rana.

With the Nike Hoop Summit done, Wiggins can now retreat a bit and sit down with his family and inner circle to make his decision - and how to announce it, or better said, how NOT to announce it.

The unfortunate part for Andrew Wiggins, though, is that this decision will not put an end to the media attention. Whichever university he chooses will automatically become a top contender for the 2013-14 NCAA title and all the circus-like atmosphere that will bring.

And then Wiggins will be prodded and dissected by national media once he eventually takes the next step to the NBA.

Sure he is a generational talent. But he's still only 18. He's already grown immensely in maturity in the last couple years dealing with media attention. But give the youngster a chance to be a youngster.

Don't worry, he knows where to find the media attention once he's ready to announce where he will be playing college hoops next fall.

In the meantime Andrew, enjoy hanging with friends, playing video games and doing the things that normal 18-year-olds do. I'll re-tweet your decision whenever you make it. No hurry.

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« Reply #59 on: Apr 22, 2013, 01:37:05 AM »

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World Team stocked to repeat Nike Hoop Summit win

The World Select Team at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit appears stocked and ready to repeat their win from last year’s game – though the USA would like to take back the crown.

Backed by Canadian Andrew Wiggins and Croatian star Dario Saric, the World Team won in 2012’s game 84-75 to improve their record to 4-11 in the competition’s history.

Wiggins is back at the game on Saturday April 20 in Portland, Oregon and is probably the biggest name in the game – already projected to be the number one pick in the 2014 NBA Draft in many analysts’ opinions. And it would seem that the 18-year-old will dominate this year’s contest with his unlimited arsenal of moves and weapons.

While Wiggins will be the highlight-maker, the top scorer could be Russia’s 19-year-old Sergey Karasev, who can call on his Eurocup and VTB United League experience with Russian club Triumph Lyubertsy – oh, and those 2012 London Olympics – to find space for his jumper and could score in bunches.

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It appears that Germany’s Dennis Schröder will the mainstay at the point guard position for coach Roy Rana’s World Team. The 19-year-old German has really turned heads in practice with his impressive speed and distributing skills – something German fans have seen all season from him in the Beko BBL, where he went from little-used reserve last season to All-Star and NBA talent.

It appears that Germany’s Dennis Schröder will the mainstay at the point guard position for coach Roy Rana’s World Team. The 19-year-old German has really turned heads in practice with his impressive speed and distributing skills – something German fans have seen all season from him in the Beko BBL, where he went from little-used reserve last season to All-Star and NBA talent.
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Schröder has been going at it in practice in Portland against Australian superstar Dante Exum – who has not played many competitive games in the past year but is oozing talent and does so many things well. The 17-year-old can certainly run a team but he’s also a great scoring threat, which is not exactly needed on this team of weapons – meaning Schröder will likely get a bit more floor time.

Also in the back-court/wings mix are Montenegro’s Nikola Ivanovic and Lithuanian Tomas Dimsa, who replaced Mario Hezonja of Croatia.

Rana has two guys who profile as small forward/power forward tweeners in Livio Jean-Charles of France and Argentina’s Gabriel Deck.

Jean-Charles would seem destined a bit more for the perimeter with his athleticism and ball-handling skill set while Deck – who like Exum was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2012 U17 World Championship – is smart enough to do the things his team needs and will likely be called on to rebound and defend some of the American low post players.

The World Team’s main low-post presence will be Frenchman Mouhammadou Jaiteh, who has averaged a double-double in the French second division ProB this season. The 18-year-old will be looking for a strong performance in Portland as he will likely keep his name in the NBA Draft. In the game, he will need to work hard against the USA centers and fill the lane and run the floor in transition.

Karl Towns Jr, who played for the Dominican Republic in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, will also help out in the blocks though the 17-year-old is versatile enough to take his game outside a bit.

The last player was a late addition in Cameroon’s Joel Embiid, who profiles as a shot blocker but still raw talent wise.

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