Praise For Geno Auriemma From His Players
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.
Rt @espnW: "He forced me to become somebody special." @DianaTaurasi on @UConnWBB coach Geno Auriemma. #GenoProject http://t.co/sdu53LIeyv— Diana Taurasi (@DianaTaurasi) November 17, 2014
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.
Congrats to #usabwu17 @A_Hooper25 on her #NLI to @LouisvilleWBB Big shot taker, and big shot maker. #clutch #winner pic.twitter.com/K0tVOWBe8Y— Sue Phillips (@coachsphillips) November 12, 2014
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.
Minneapolis gets the Men's final 4 in 2019!! Amazing what happens when you have a great team working together!— Lindsay Whalen (@Lindsay_13) November 15, 2014
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.
So @marshallplumlee just hit a 3 in the season opener .. This is Duke's year.— Mason Plumlee (@masonplumlee) November 15, 2014
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.
Watch every point! @TheReal_HG3 goes for..Not 38, Not 39, But 40! @TheHoopsColumn http://t.co/Q3ZT4PS7Xf— Wesleyan Basketball (@WCA_Basketball) November 17, 2014
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.
Remember that now through November 21st is College Application Month – fill out those apps! #IApplied— Arne Duncan (@arneduncan) November 17, 2014
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.
OMGGGGGGGG MY BROTHER JUST GOT HIS FIRST COLLEGE TOUCHDOWNNNNNN— Arike Ogunbowale (@Arike_O) November 15, 2014