Jerry Colangelo claims Las Vegas academy is the key factor to USA Basketball’s success
USA basketball team for the forthcoming Rio Olympics is heading towards the third gold consecutive medal. And director of basketball association Jerry Colangelo boasts of the brilliant youth development system USA basketball has been nurturing for last few decades has been the key factor behind the success of the team and keeping the supply line alive.
Today, USA basketball has reached such a state where Colangelo does not look worried about those who have pulled out of the national team for the Rio Olympics. Rather he looks busy in trying to spot the proper players for the national team amidst the flurry of talented players.
Colangelo informed, stating, “We have a tremendous team also for the Rio Olympics where players like Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Dramond Green are there. Still I have been hearing that some among those players like Green might pull out in the last moment. Still it does not affect at all. We have a pool of talented young players. Anybody from that selected pool of players can get into the team any time.” He added, “You have to go back to Las Vegas to see the root of our development. This year, looking forward towards the Olympics we had already selected 25 players. And I am assuring that our chief coach will have a great difficulty to select any one if he wants to choose for Olympics after someone’s withdrawal in the last moment.”
Colangelo also remarked that there are a few promising young stars among the selected 25 players who can play at couple of positions on the floor. He said, “We already spotted 18 selected under-19 players from our Las Vegas academy where the boys are being nurtured for the next international championships as well as Olympics after four years.”
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