LeBron and Others In Basketball World With An Eye Toward Football
Check out some of the people and organizations USA Basketball is following with this week’s USA Basketball Social Media Roundup:
Daniel Giddens, who won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, will be a freshman at The Ohio State University next fall. He posted this Monday night as the Buckeyes football team closed out its win over Oregon to capture the national championship.
OHIO AGAINST THE WORLD— Daniel Giddens (@DGOOD__) January 13, 2015
LeBron James, who’s won four gold medals with USA Basketball including two at the Olympics, didn’t go to Ohio State – but he’s one of the school’s most ardent fans. The Akron, Ohio, native was on the sidelines for Monday’s national championship game, and he posted this photo to his Instagram page on the flight home.
Meanwhile, University of Oregon women’s basketball coach Kelly Graves, an assistant coach for the gold medalist 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team, voiced his support for the Ducks.
Proud & inspired by @WinTheDay Amazing season fellas! You represented our University with class. Go Ducks! #ProudToBeADuck— Kelly Graves (@GoDucksKG) January 13, 2015
And while we’re on the subject of football, three-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings – currently a member of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever – was pretty psyched for her friends on the Indianapolis Colts this weekend after they advanced to the AFC title game.
Congrats to @Colts @Dallen83 #ReggieWayne #Luck on advancing to the next round! #ColtsNation STAND UP!! #On2TheNext #SoBlessed #NaptownLove— Tamika Catchings (@Catchin24) January 12, 2015
We wonder if Brittney Griner, gold medalist with the 2014 USA Women’s World Championship Team, can still dunk wearing her new house shoes.
❤️Love my house shoes❤️ pic.twitter.com/Ite6AAefK4— Brittney Griner (@brittneygriner) January 13, 2015
As ESPN’s high school basketball recruiting expert, Paul Biancardi is familiar with most of the players involved with USA Basketball, and he’s clearly impressed with Harry Giles. Here, Biancardi shares a video of Giles, a junior at Wesleyan Christian Academy in Winston-Salem, N.C., who most recently won gold as a member of the 2014 USA U17 World Championship Team.
Have seen @TheReal_HG3 dozens of times. He's back!! @JustinMag35: Look at the stats Harry Killed it http://t.co/CVT8e19Jkb @PaulBiancardi”— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) January 13, 2015