Doug's European Diary; Team USA Arrives in Latvia
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 10th entry (and third from Europe), with USA Basketball photos by Steven Maikoski/USA Basketball:
Hello Everyone, we are officially in Latvia! After a tough loss to the Lithuania U19 squad and a four-hour bus ride we finally made it. I don't want to talk too much about the game because it was a very frustrating game for us. We got off to a pretty good start but then fell apart in the second quarter. We turned the ball over way too much and need to do a better job of rebounding if we want to get our ultimate goal. It was a real sweet atmosphere with around 7,000 fans, but they were all against us of course.
Once we got into Latvia around 2 am or so, we received word that we get the day off tomorrow and will have some time to hit up the beach. We are looking forward to get a day off from basketball to reflect on what we have to do to win it all. I also got a chance to Skype with some teammates back home. It seems like everyone is working real hard and preparing for the Bahamas trip in August. I can't wait to get started in tournament play on Thursday! I'll continue to keep you posted.