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Additional Quotes: USA U18 Men vs. Puerto Rico

  • Date:
    Jul 19, 2016

Shaka Smart (USA U18 and University of Texas head coach)
On tonight’s game:

I thought our guys played with really good energy. We had typical first-game jitters – a lot of execution mistakes and some defensive break downs from a lack of communication, but the energy was really good. And I thought as the game went on, our guys really settled in and played together. 

How important was the USA’s full-court pressure to help energize the offense?
It was huge, because we haven’t had months’ worth of practice to really get sharp in our half-court defense. So, if we can use the press to speed teams up and to turn them over, it can really work to our advantage.

Jarrett Allen (St. Stephen's Episcopal School/Round Rock, Texas)
On tonight’s game:

I think we played pretty well for it being our first game. We had spurts where we played slow and had too many turnovers, but once we got into our groove, we got better. 

On his game:
I just played with a lot of energy. Once you bring energy, things go your way.

How was the team’s chemistry in its first game?
It was pretty good, but we have a lot to improve on. We need to all feed off of each other. 

Michael Porter Jr. (Father Tolton Catholic H.S./Columbia, Mo.)
On the game:

I thought we played pretty good in our first game. There were a lot of areas for improvement, but I thought we played hard. 

Do you think it was the team’s defense that helped break the game open?
Our defense led to our offense. We just got to pick it up even more.

How did it feel to get that first game under your belt?
I think we all played pretty well together. We shared the ball. For the most part, we brought energy. We still need to come closer as a team, but we are doing good so far. 

Paul ‘P.J.’ Washington (Findlay Prep, Nev./Frisco, Texas)
How did the first game feel:

It felt great to get a win for our country, and we all played together. 

Do you think it was the team’s defense that helped break the game open?
Our defense was amazing. When we play together on defense, good things happen. We create offense, we get 3s, we get layups and we get dunks.

Did the team have any trouble staying disciplined after you had the lead?
We just had to keep the pressure up and play together. 

Trae Young (Norman North H.S./Norman, Okla.)
On tonight’s game:

We got a little bit of jitters out of the way at the start of the game. It was great to get that first win under our belt, and we have to improve and get better. 

Did the team have any trouble staying focused once you had the lead?
Our second half, we started out slow, but then we picked up the energy. Coach had a great game plan from the beginning, and it all started on the defensive end. We listened, and we executed and we came out with the win.

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