Viewing: Youth Development

After helping USA Basketball win the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit and capture the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship Justise Winslow is currently playing his freshman season at Duke University (where he is teaming up with former USA Basketball teammates Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor). Even for an elite player such as Winslow, success is never guaranteed. Winslow first tried out at USA Basketball for the U16 team a few years ago, but he didn't make that squad. The experience, he says, made him work even harder. Here's what he had to say about his basketball journey and what he's learned.

"Basketball has given me the opportunity to make myself a better person," says Caleb Swanigan, a gold medalist with the 2014 USA U17 World Championship Team. The senior from Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, has already had a few interesting twists along his basketball journey, and he talks about them here.

With the help of Kenneth Faried and Greg Monroe, Coach Don Showalter demonstrates the fundamentals of rebounding.

Arike Ogunbowale has won five gold medals with USA Basketball (most recently at this past summer’s 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship and Youth Olympic Games). The high school senior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who will be a freshman at Notre Dame next year, recently talked about what she's learned playing for USA Basketball and how playing with confidence can raise anyone's game.

Harry Giles is a two-time gold medalist with USA Basketball, most recently this past summer as a member of the 2014 USA Men's U17 World Championship Team that won the FIBA World Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A junior at Wesleyan Christian Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Giles talks about the importance of following your dreams.

Don Showalter, who has led USA Basketball junior squads to gold six times in the last six years and compiled a sterling 38-0 overall record in the process, talks about the coaches who have had a great impact on his career.

With the help of Klay Thompson and Ryan Anderson, coach John Calipari demonstrates the fundamentals of shooting a basketball.

Recee Caldwell has won two gold medals with USA Basketball -- first with the Women's U16 National Team in 2011 and most recently with the USA U18 National Team that won the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Caldwell, a freshman this year at UCLA, began playing basketball at age 9. When asked about the most important aspect of her success both on and off the court, she summed it up in one word: Focus.

Malik Newman (Callaway H.S./Jackson, Miss.) took home Tournament MVP as the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team won gold at the FIBA U17 World Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in August. Newman's message to youth basketball players: focus on the basics and always have fun playing the game.

Legendary youth basketball coach Don Showalter believes that too much emphasis might be placed on actually playing the games. Skill development, he says, is critical for young players to work on before they start getting into game action.