Doug's European Diary; Team USA Gets Wake-Up Call
Creighton men's basketball player Doug McDermott headed to Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday, June 17th to attend the 2011 USA U19 World Championship Team Training Camp. He is one of 20 players in camp, a figure which was cut to 13 on Sunday morning. On Wednesday, June 22nd, McDermott learned he made the team.
The men on the team headed to Lithuania on June 24th for a few practices and scrimmages before they compete in the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship For Men in late June/early July in Latvia.
While he's away, Doug will be writing a blog exclusively on GoCreighton.com, and will try to keep us updated while he's away. Below is his ninth entry (and second from Europe), with USA Basketball photos by Steven Maikoski/USA Basketball:
Yesterday was a day filled with basketball. I was unable to figure out my internet last night after our scrimmage vs. the Lithuania U20 team, so I apologize for that. Let's just say we had a little bit of a wake up call. We were getting beat by 29 at halftime, partly because they were shooting 75 percent from the field. We were letting them get whatever they wanted and they capitalized on every one of our mistakes. The European game is definitely different, but it is fun to experience something different. We knew going into the game we probably were going to get the European version of booing, where they have these loud horns and whistling noises going non-stop. We picked it up the second half, cutting it to 15 at one point. We just couldn't get anything going the first half and like I said earlier, they know how to take advantage of every little mistake.
As far as my play, I feel like I had an average game. I hit a few three's and a couple post moves. Something we need to do better as a team is rebounding. I believe they had 10 offensive rebounds in the first half. If you haven't seen the video on USA Basketball's site, you have to check out Joe Jackson's dunk at the 2:05 mark.
Today we have a film session followed by practice. We have some stuff to figure out as a team and I know we will bounce back from last night's loss. We play Lithuania's U19 squad tomorrow night, so hopefully we can make a statement. I will make sure to let you know how that goes!
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