2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11

USA Men Warm Up In China With Practice Scrimmage Against Japan

Aug. 10, 2011 • Shenzhen, China.

After approximately 30 hours of travel, the 2011 USA Men's World University Game Team arrived at the athlete's village in Shenzhen, China, on the evening of Aug. 9, and following a night's rest took the court for three quarters of scrimmaging against Japan on Aug. 10.

Unofficially, the USA won the 30-minute scrimmage by 40 points, 96-56, including five players in double-figure scoring. Led by John Jenkins (Vanderbilt/ Hendersonville, Tenn.) with 17 points, Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota/St. Paul, Minn.) finished with 14, JaMychal Green (Alabama/Montgomery, Ala.) tallied 12 points and Marcus Denmon (Missouri/Kansas city, Mo.) and Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh/Scotch Plains, N.J.) finished with 10 points apiece.

Next up for the USA is an exhibition game against New Century of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) at 7:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time) in Huizhou, China, on Aug. 11.

In the meantime, hear from USA head coach Matt Painter (Purdue) and several players to hear about their travel day and scrimmage against Japan.

Matt Painter

Matt Painter, USA head coach
On today's practice scrimmage against Japan:
The one thing you want to do when you travel for 30 straight hours, you want to get out there and run. Maybe not necessarily have a constructive practice, but you want to run and get some shooting in and just sweat. We weren't able to do that when we arrived last night, so it was important today to have a scrimmage and just get out there and compete. I thought our guys did a good job there. We didn't do a good job of handling some screen action, but I think that's something as we go on and we get into pool play that we have to address and work on. A lot of teams run ball-screen action, and today we saw a lot off off-ball screens, but it was good. It's good to come out, maybe show our guys some of the details they need to pay attention to and get them to make some adjustments coming out of a timeout.

Are you pleased with how the team adjusted after a long travel day?
The guys were excited about getting here and excited about being able to play. Jumping into this situation with a scrimmage where you don't know anything about your opponent, that's tough. Our guys did a good job of adjusting. The ball is slick, the floor was slick and sometimes for them little things can bother them. So I thought they did a good job on their first day after traveling of concentrating and playing through all of those things.

Marcus Denmon

Marcus Denmon (Missouri)
How do you feel physically after a long travel day yesterday, and then three quarters of scrimmaging today?
Well, I think we feel good. We went out and played after a long trip, and I thought we adjusted after a few times up and down. As a team, mentally we were ready. Coach Painter has done a good job of getting us ready and showing us what to expect. I think we are ready to compete for a gold medal.

How do you think the team played today?
We played with some early jitters. I feel we did some things well, but there are always things we can improve on. We'll get back to those things we need to improve on and we'll build on the things we did well.

What are your first impressions of the athletes' village?
The village is nice. We haven't go to see all that much, but they did a good job of having everything ready and with all of the things that they are offering. The food is great. There is a wide variety of things, and if you don't like something, you can try something else.

JaMychal Green

JaMychal Green (Alabama)
How do you feel physically after a long travel day yesterday, and then three quarters of scrimmaging today?
We felt pretty good out there. Coach had us prepared. It's a long trip, but I think we found our legs.

How do you think the team played today?
I think we played a lot better than we had been in Colorado. I think we are starting to get the hang of what coach wants from us, and we are starting to have some chemistry with each other on the floor.

What are your first impressions of the athletes' village?
It's nice. It's something new. We are all still trying to get settled, but I think it's going to be a great experience.

Orlando Johnson

Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara)
How do you feel physically after a long travel day yesterday, and then three quarters of scrimmaging today?
I thought the travel day went pretty well. It was a long trip, but you just have to come ready and get your mind right so you are ready to play.

Was today's scrimmage helpful as you prepare for your first pool play game on Aug. 13?
Today's scrimmage helped us get our legs back a little bit. We definitely feel a little jet-lagged, but we'll be fine. We are just ready to get to the exhibition game tomorrow and to keep building. Our ultimate goal is the gold medal, and we have some work to do to get there.

How do you think the team played today?
We weren't at our best today, we know that, but as long as you can control your effort, how hard we play on defense and our communication, things will be fine. I think we did a pretty good job of that today. We still have things to clean up, and we'll probably watch some film and talk about those things.

What are your first impressions of the athletes' village?
It's pretty cool how you see all of the different countries here and to get a chance to interact with them. Especially being a basketball player from the U.S., a lot of people look up to us because of how dominant we have been in basketball. When they recognize that and they respect you for that, it makes you feel pretty good about yourself. So, I'm very honored to be here and to have the chance to not only play with some great athletes but also to meet some great athletes from around the world.