COLORADO SPRINGS – PGU was in attendance as Tuesday evening marked the start of the USA Basketball training camp for the U18 squad in Colorado Springs, Colo., and one of the assistant coaches for the team this year is Arizona’s own Sean Miller. The Wildcats’ head coach will be on the staff along with Ed Cooley from Providence under the team’s head coach, Florida’s Billy Donovan.
A total of 24 of the country’s top 18-and-unders who accepted invitations to participate in the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp, will arrive on Tuesday to the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in hopes of making the 12-member USA U18 National Team roster. Headlining the group of invitees set to participate in training camp is a trio of high school seniors who each have two gold medals playing internationally for USA Basketball: Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei H.S./Fullerton, Calif.), Tyus Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.) and Justise Winslow (St. John’s School/Houston, Texas). In addition, eight others have at least attended a USA Basketball camp.
“I’m kind of like a veteran now, so I know what to expect. It starts with practice,” stated Johnson.
“When you put that USA across your chest, you’re playing for your country. All that matters is winning games. It doesn’t matter if you score 100 points or 40, or get 20 rebounds or whatever. That’s all out the door at this point in time. There have been a lot of great players who have played for USA Basketball and don’t have the numbers they have in the NBA, but they’re still all-star players and they’re still super stars. So, as long as you come out here and try to win and do your best, you’ll be fine. Play a team game first.”
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