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 before reaching its final roster of 12 sometime on Wednesday.
The 12 men that make the team will head to Lithuania on June 24th for a few practices and scrimmages before competing 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 fourth entry, with USA Basketball photos by Steven Maikoski/USA Basketball:
Today was another busy day in Colorado Springs. I woke up this morning around 7:30 for our 9:30 start of practice. After eating some breakfast and getting my ankles taped, I got a chance to get a bunch of shots up with our assistant coach Randy Bennett of Saint Mary's. The shot is feeling better and better each day. The FIBA ball and three-point line have definitely been a adjustment for me, let alone the altitude. We had a good practice this morning and I feel like most of us are starting to communicate better with each other.
After practice we had some time off to eat followed by a meeting with the USADA about performance-enhancing drugs. I think all of us were ready for a nap at that point. Sean Ford then told us to be at the gym at 5 to scrimmage Air Force Academy.
The scrimmage went real well for us, we most importantly took care of business on the defensive end of the floor and got out in transition and scored. We have put in a few offensive sets that are clicking pretty well. For me, I set a lot of ball screens and get the opportunity to knock down some threes. It felt good to play against other guys. Air Force was a very good test for us and they have to be in the best shape working out with this altitude everyday. I took a big step today and I know my athletic trainer Ben McNair would be proud of me going with the full body ice bath today. Taking care of your body is so crucial in these situations. Tomorrow is a big day with a couple more practices and more time to improve as a team. I also hope you guys are staying safe with the bad weather in Omaha. I will let you know how things go tomorrow!