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Praise For Geno Auriemma From His Players

  • Date:
    Nov 18, 2014

Check out some of the people and organizations USA Basketball is following with this week’s USA Basketball Social Roundup:

Diana Taurasi is one of several members of the gold medalist 2014 USA Women’s World Championship Team who has played for head coach Geno Auriemma both on that squad as well as Auriemma’s University of Connecticut Huskies. So Taurasi was among the many Auriemma prodigees to highlight this link to the ESPNw special profiling the legendary coach.


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Great start to the season!!🙌 #BeGreat

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North Carolina freshman Theo Pinson, a member of the 2014 USA Junior National Select Team that won the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit, was pleased with his Tar Heels debut. Pinson scored four points in last Friday’s win over North Carolina Central.

--- If you follow Sue Phillips in Twitter, you noticed that she had a bunch of shout-outs last week to members of the USA U17 World Championship Team that she coached to gold this past summer at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship. Several of Phillips’ players signed National Letters of Intent – including Louisville-bound Asia Durr.

--- Lindsay Whalen, who just won her fifth gold medal with USA Basketball when she helped the USA Women’s National Team capture the 2014 FIBA World Championship in Turkey, is a proud Minnesotan. She grew up there, was a three-time All-American at the University of Minnesota and plays for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx. So it’s understandable that she was excited this week to learn that Minneapolis was named host of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Final Four.

--- Brooklyn Nets’ Mason Plumlee, who won gold this summer with the USA Men’s World Championship Team at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, certainly has a rooting interest in Duke. Plumlee and his brother Miles (Phoenix Suns) are former Blue Devils, while younger brother Marshall currently plays for Duke.


--- Harry Giles, who won his second gold medal with USA Basketball this past summer at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, had 40 points and 20 rebounds in a huge win last week for Wesleyan Christian Academy (N.C.). For more about Giles, check out this video.


--- Arne Duncan is not only a member of the team that won the 2014 USA Basketball 3x3 National Championship. He also happens to be the United States Secretary of Education, thus this valuable public service announcement.

--- Five-time gold medalist Arike Ogunbowale (most recently at this past summer’s 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship and Youth Olympic Games), isn’t the only successful athlete in her family. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, who is headed to play at Notre Dame next season, was cheering on her big brother, Dare Ogunbowale, who is a sophomore running back at the University of Wisconsin.

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