2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
Additional Quotes >> USA 101, Argentina 87

Additional Quotes >> USA 101, Argentina 87

June 21, 2009 - Mendoza, Argentina

Don ShowalterUSA head coach Don Showalter (Mid-Prairie High School, Iowa)
On tonight's game:
First of all you have to give a lot of credit to Argentina. They came in a little undersized, but they've been though some very tough games. I would say you'll have to play 20 points better to beat them here on their own court.

What a great surrounding for the game with all these people cheering for their country. It doesn't get any better than that on an international scale. What a great environment for the kids to play in and be a part of. It's really a neat deal for everybody.

On the overall experience:
I've got to thank Kevin Sutton, Herman Harried, my assistant coaches were truly outstanding. We worked together as a team really well. It's a great experience to work with those two and I'm looking forward to working with them again next year. Secondly, I know the kids appreciate what USA Basketball, Jim Tooley, Sean Ford, B.J. Johnson, have done. They've really done a great job of providing these kids with a great experience. A gold medal is something that they'll remember forever.

On the USA's zone defense in the second quarter:
In the first quarter we played all man-to-man and I thought we did okay with it. We got into foul trouble in the first quarter, James and Johnny were both in a little foul trouble. So we went to a zone and that seemed to really throw Argentina off, it got them out of their game a little bit. They hit a few threes, but it wasn't like they really hurt us on the outside shots. At halftime we said we were going to stay with it. We felt that that was causing them some problems. I don't think they expected it because we hadn't played zone hardly at all during the entire tournament. It threw them off a little bit, it took them a little while to adjust to it. They were not expecting it. That was a big key for us.

Herman HarriedUSA assistant coach Herman Harried (Lake Clifton High School, Md.)
On winning a gold medal:
This feels great. These young men and the staff have put a lot of time in. And now you can see the results of the time we all put in. It always feels great being a champion. When you're a champion of the United States, when you're a champion with a gold medal around your neck, it feels good.

Kevin SuttonUSA assistant coach Kevin Sutton (Montverde Academy, Fla.)
This has been an absolute wonderful experience. From the very first day that our coaching staff was selected, coach Showalter, coach Harried and myself, I had a great feeling that we would come out and do a great job. This pales in comparasn to what I felt when I was selected to be a coach. This is an absolute wonderful feeling. The kids played very, very well this entire tournament. We've been together for three long weeks, but it's been a wonderful experience and I'm very proud to be a part of it.

Justin AndersonJustin Anderson (Montrose Christian School, Md. / Montross, Va.)
What does it feel like to stand on the podium and hear the national anthem?
It feels great. It was a once in a lifetime thing, and I was very fortunate to be in a position to do that. A lot of people don't have that chance. We fought hard for it. We worked for it since day one in Colorado Springs, and the pay off that we got from all that hard work feels great.

What did you learn from this experience?
I learned a lot. I learned that it's not about you, or one of the other teammates, it's about the whole team. This came down to playing for our country, not just one of our high school teams. It was about our whole country.

Brad BealBrad Beal (Chaminade College Prep H.S. / St. Louis, Mo.)
On the gold medal game:
I was really excited to play. The game was really hyped. The crowd was really loud and really intense. I just wanted to come out and show everybody what we could do and what USA Basketball is all about.

On the USA's defense:
We mixed up our defenses and used a two-three zone or man-to-man, and it worked. They started taking bad shots, and we forced turnovers. That's what coach wanted us to do, was to outrebound them. We were more athletic, so we just had to use our athletic ability and our fundamentals, and we came out on top.

What did you learn from this experience?
I learned how to play together and what representing your country is all about. A lot of people were in tears after the game because they represented their country, and they did what everybody wanted us to do, which was get the gold, and that's what we did.

Quinn CookQuinn Cook (DeMatha H.S. / Bowie, Md.)
On the gold medal game:
It was a great game. We both played hard, fighting hard. The crowd, the atmosphere was great, and we just pulled through. We came together as one, and fortunately we came out with the gold.

On the USA's balanced scoring:
It's great because we're very balanced. You never know, anybody can score. We have a lot of threats on our team, and that's what makes us so successful. It doesn't really matter who scores, as long as we win.

What did you learn from this experience?
I learned that there is a lot of good competition, everywhere, not just in the USA. It's in Argentina. It's in Brazil. It's in Venezuela. Where ever you go, you just want to represent your country well, and I feel as though we did an excellent job of that this past week.

Andre DrummondAndré Drummond (Capitol Preparatory Magnet School / Middletown, Conn.)
What does it feel like to have accomplished your goal?
It's been a great experience for me. I don't know what to say, really. I have never felt this way before.

What did you learn from this experience?
Anything is possible. We've only been together for three weeks, and we bonded together. It was great.

Sterling GibbsSterling Gibbs (Seton Hall Prep / Scotch Plains, N.J.)
How does it feel to have won the gold medal?
I'm feeling great, I haven't felt this way in a long time. I'm just happy to know that we won gold and that all the training paid off and I have a new second family.

What will you do with your gold medal?
I'll probably hang it up in my room, on my wall next to my bed so that will always be there.

Describe your experience, what it meant to wear the USA uniform and represent your country and getting the 11 others players together that came out and dominated so clearly?
It meant a whole lot when I first got selected. Just being part of something that had something to do with USA, representing the USA. But as time went on it got even bigger because you were playing for the gold medal and just to bring it back to the USA, it feels great. The whole experience has been great. Visiting Argentina, and just having all the work play off; going from two-a-days in Colorado to coming down to Argentina an dominating; and then just connecting with all the guys. They're like family now, and I will never forget this.

Brandan KearneyBrandan Kearney (Southeastern H.S. / Detroit, Mich.)
How does it feel to have won the gold medal?
I'm feeling great man, this is the greatest accomplishment I‘ve ever had, it's better than any accomplishment I've had before.

We're you nervous before or during the gold medal game?
I wasn't nervous at all. I've been in big games before and this was a very big game, but I really wasn't nervous.

Describe your experience, what it meant to wear the USA uniform and represent your country.
It's always an honor to go and represent your country, always an honor. So I just took the honor and just played hard on the court for everybody back home.

What will you do with the gold medal?
I'm going to hang it up. It's the greatest thing I can wear around my neck, so this is one for the ages.

James McAdooJames McAdoo (Norfolk Christian H.S. / Norfolk, Va.)
How does it feel to have won the gold medal?
I'm kind of in shock right now. I'm proud that we went out there on the floor and were able to win it. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity. To come across the world, play in a hostile environment.

Was it surprising how quickly you came together as a team?
Yes, off the court when we weren't playing basketball we were always with each other and that also carried over on the court which really helped us when we were playing in this hostile environment where nobody wanted us to win. We were able to work through all the problems that occurred on the road and fight through and win.

Describe your experience, what it meant to wear the USA uniform and represent your country.
It's a dream to come true. One of my goals is to be an Olympic gold medalists and this is another step. It's awesome to look at some of the clothes USA Basketball gave us and the jersey with USA on it. It really hit home when they played the national anthem that we were representing our country.

Johnny OJohnny O'Bryant (Eastside H.S. / Cleveland, Miss.)
How does it feel to have won the gold medal and represent the United States?
It's been great to represent the greatest country in the world.

What has it meant to you to wear the USA uniform?
It means a lot because I'm from a small part of Mississippi and this was representing my country. It means a lot.

How did you feel when they played the national anthem?
It felt really good because I knew the USA came out on top and we came through in the clutch.

Tony ParkerTony Parker (Miller Grove H.S. / Lithonia, Ga.)
How does it feel to win a gold medal?
It's great. It's not something a player can do every day or something a player does often. Winning it is wonderful because playing for the USA has been my dream since I was a kid. I can't wait to bring back the gold medal to my mom and dad.

What kind of experience has it been to represent your country internationally?
It's been a great experience. It's been hard adjusting to international time and food and everything else, but it's all worth it. These boys are more than teammates; they're like brothers because of all we have experienced together. I'll cherish it for the rest of my life.

Chasson RandleChasson Randle (Rock Island H.S. / Rock Island, Ill.)
How does it feel to win a gold medal?
Oh my goodness, it feels so great right now. My emotions are going crazy. It's such a great honor and I'm so happy for our team and for USA Basketball.

What kind of experience has it been to represent your country internationally?
It's been the greatest experience I've ever had, from the coaching staff to the players. I haven't met a group of guys that I've felt so comfortable with and built a relationship with. I'm kind of sad that it has to end but I'm looking forward to next year already. We all have each other's numbers and we'll keep in touch through the AAU circuit and we'll be back next year for the World Championship.

L.J. RoseL.J. Rose (Second Baptist School / Houston, Texas)
How does it feel to win a gold medal?
It feels great. Its way different than winning an AAU tournament or high school game and even better than winning a state championship, I would say.

What kind of experience has it been to represent your country internationally?
It's a great experience. The guys on the team have a great bond and it's a bond we'll have forever. It means a lot and it's great that we were all handpicked to represent our country.

Adonis ThomasAdonis Thomas (Melrose H.S. / Cordova, Tenn.)
How does it feel to win a gold medal?
It's a great honor. It's a good feeling and I'm glad to be a part of it. I had great teammates and I'm just honored to have this opportunity.

What kind of experience has it been to represent your country internationally?
It's been great and I'm glad that I was chosen. I'm just celebrating the win and taking it in with my teammates and really just enjoying it. I can't wait to bring back the gold to my family and the USA.