COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Basketball released the final list of 135 invited and self-invited players who will compete in the U16 National Team Trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center here May 23-27. The particpants include 32 top players invited by the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee and an additional 103 players who were accepted through an open application process.
It was a graduation day to remember for Notre Dame star Skylar Diggins, who received a brand new Mercedes from hip hop mogul and Roc Nation Sports Agency owner Jay-Z.
Instagram photos show Diggins in her cap and gown outside of Notre Dame Stadium where she was presented with the surprise on Sunday. Diggins later tweeted, "I got 99 Problems but a Benz ain't one" in reference to HOV's famous hit song.
It looks like the coaching carousel has stopped spinning (though one never knows), and out of the many, many moves that were made, here are a few that stood out.
And with what many consider the most important season of all just around the corner -- that would be summer recruiting -- all the newcomers, not just the ones mentioned here, must hit the ground texting with both thumbs. Everybody’s smarter with better players, and this is when coaches can impress those better players.
Following four days of trials held from May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball announced the 12-member team who will represent the United States in its attempt to capture its fifth-straight gold medal at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship to be held July 18-28 in Klaipeda and Panevėžys, Lithuania.
“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, names were everything.If that play was a basketball game, and one team was the Montagues and the other the Capulets, the name splashed on the jersey would be an honor for the players to display and each fan to behold. The names of the teams (families) in this game would represent a bitter rivalry between sworn enemies, and would contribute to a competitive matchup.