Team USA began the day practicing at St Mary’s Home for Boys. St Mary’s is a youth home for troubled kids in the Beaverton area. It was an amazing site to see the joy on the kids’ faces as they got to watch the practice and partake in drills for about 45 minutes.
The practice was yet again very intense. Can’t say enough how much Coach Kevin Boyle has made his presence felt as a coach. The team worked hard as they played an up-tempo pace of basketball.
The team went over various plays that they learned yesterday and implemented them into what they want to accomplish Saturday. Mainly the first practice was similar to the morning practice they had on Thursday.
The second practice was held at the Trailblazers facility in front of a big crowd. NBA scouts were allowed to attend the practice to watch the team. Team USA played a 40 min scrimmage with 10 minute quarters against some players who work for Nike.
You would’ve thought that Team USA would’ve beaten down a team of Nike employees in there 30′s. That wasn’t the case as the team of 6 employees gave USA a run for their money.
In four 10 minute quarters USA won 2 of them and tied one. Each quarter the score started over. The team didn’t have problems with their starting five but their bench didn’t fare well enough against the opposing team.
The players who stood out were .
Shabazz Muhammad – The undecided senior is the hardest worker here. Muhammad looked good in the scrimmage. Right off the bat he hit a couple jump shots from the elbow and was very aggressive. Some NBA scouts were comparing Muhammad to a more skilled Michael Kidd-Gilchrist who has a motor that doesn’t stop.
Archie Goodwin – Once Goodwin can knock down his jumper consistently, it’s going to be a problem for the opposition. Goodwin’s body is built for basketball and is a player you would want on your team. There isn’t anyone that can stop the Kentucky bound player going to the rim. Goodwin’s ceiling is high. Coach Cal will bring out the best of the young man next year.
Kyle Anderson – Slow Mo showed his abilities to play defense, score, and share the ball. There were some people in the crowd talking about how well Anderson will fit in at UCLA and were impressed. It’s going to be very interesting to see how Anderson game evolves in the NBA after college.
Kaleb Tarczewski – The Arizona bound Center can run the court well for size and is very crafty Tarczewski around the rim. He has the ability take his opponent off the dribble at his size. Tarczewski will help out Arizona right away.