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Additional Quotes: USA 111, Canada 60

  • Date:
    Jun 19, 2017

USA head coach Don Showalter
On winning gold:
It never gets old. This is the first time this group has won gold, so it’s new to them, and you just hope it’s a great experience for them. It never gets old winning a gold medal.

Did the team execute your game plan tonight?
More than I thought they would. We had a great game plan.  Scott Fitch and Stan Waterman did a fantastic job on the scout. Our kids just executed it to perfection, and I think it showed in the way we started out tonight.

They have two really good perimeter guys (Cashius McNeilly and Shemar Rathan-Mayes), and we wanted to take them out of the game. We did that for the first half, for sure. We did a great job on both of those guys. They’re supposed to be the top two kids in Canada at this age. So, we really focused on them and De’Vion (Harmon), Zion (Harmon) and Jeremy (Roach) did a tremendous job guarding those guys. Our game plan was to take them out of it. I thought their inside game wasn’t nearly as strong as ours, so we needed to go inside with it, and that showed up in the game.

On Vernon Carey Jr:
Vernon really came on since the first day of practice. If you watched him on June 1 to now, he’s a completely different player. He wills his physicalness on people inside, and he’s really come along from the standpoint of mental toughness and getting locked in, playing hard and defending. He’s made tremendous strides. I can’t wait to see him for years to come.

USA assistant coach Scott Fitch (Fairport H.S., N.Y.)
On winning gold:
It feels pretty incredible. It was really fun to see the boys play so well tonight. It was a long process, but one that was well worth it. It’s so cool when the national anthem was playing. You get the chills. It’s one of those moments you dream of. You always see people who have that moment. So, to have it today with this group was really special.

USA assistant coach Stan Waterman (Sanford School, Del.)
On winning gold:
Wow! It’s an amazing feeling and an awesome experience to be a part of something like this. USA Basketball is awesome. The way that this team has come together over the past 18 days is impressive. It’s just a great feeling.

Scottie Barnes (Cardinal Newman H.S./West Palm Beach, Fla.)
On winning gold:
It’s the best feeling in the world. Me and my team came out here and played as hard as we could. We got this gold medal and we’re going to bring it back to our country.

On Vern Carey Jr. being named MVP:
I felt that he should have won it. He’s been playing his heart out. He’s been playing the best on the team, showing what he can do on and off the court.

Vern Carey Jr. (University School/Southwest Ranches, Fla.)
On winning gold:
It feels great. I get to experience it with all my teammates I’ve been working hard with since Colorado, so it felt like it all paid off in the end.

On earning MVP honors:
It felt great, to be honest, because only one person gets that in the whole tournament. So, I’m pretty happy. I didn’t think I would get it at all. I felt like I only had one really good game and that was tonight, so I wasn’t even thinking about it. But, it feels great to get it.

On tonight’s game:
They were trying to be really physical in the beginning, but I felt that we got on them early, so we just kind of took their confidence away in the beginning and went from there.

Jalen Green (San Joaquin Memorial H.S./Fresno, Calif.)
On winning gold:
This feels great. We worked hard for it. All the stuff we went through, we had fun and got it done. It just feels good. It felt good to get this gold medal around my neck. It felt good winning with my team. We came close like brothers. We’re family now.

R.J. Hampton (Little Elm H.S./Little Elm, Texas)
On winning gold:
It felt really good. It made everything worthwhile. The 18 days of all the hard work we put in, it made everything so special. We came together a lot. We can call each other brothers now, and family. It probably the greatest experience I’ve ever been a part of.

De'Vion Harmon (John Guyer H.S./Corinth, Texas)
On winning gold:
It feels amazing. All the work we put in since June 1, 25 practices, we stayed locked in, we stayed with coach Show’s things he had us do. Coach Fitch and coach Waterman, they just knew what to do. This is an amazing feeling, and I can’t ever take this for granted. We all etched our names in USA Basketball history with the U16 gold medal. I couldn’t be happier.

On the play of Vern Carey Jr.
Vernon Carey Jr. is a grown man. If you ask me, he’s the No. 1 player in the country. I love playing with him. Seeing the excitement he brings to the games, his diving on the ground, blocked shots, his dunks. The one that he had tonight in the gold medal game is definitely a Sports Center Top Ten.

Zion Harmon (Bowling Green H.S./Bowling Green, Ky.)
On winning gold:
It is an amazing feeling. It’s a feeling I’ll never forget. It was a process because we kind of knew what the outcome was going to be, because we were working so hard for it, and we expected nothing less. This is just amazing.

Wendell Moore Jr. (Cox Mill H.S./Concord, N.C.)
On winning gold:
This has been a dream come true for me. I’ve always wanted to play for USA Basketball. And to be able to win a gold medal with players like this, some of these guys I’ve known all my life from AAU playing against them. To share this moment with them is just really great for me.

When they put the medal around my neck, it was just another dream come true. It’s just great to be able to win it in the way that we won it, and at the same time, to be able to represent our country in the best way we could was a dream come true.

Jeremy Roach (Paul VI Catholic H.S./Leesburg, Va.)
On winning gold:
It feels good. All that hard work in training camp in Colorado Springs paid off and it’s just … wow! I’m going to enjoy this moment. It is exciting to know that I represented my country well and that we got the gold.

Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha Academy H.S./St. Paul, Minn.)
On winning gold:
It feels great knowing that I could be one of the 12 guys selected to come out and represent our country in a game that I love to play. It’s great. In this short of a time-span, I’ve really grown close to a lot of these guys. We’ve spent a lot of time together, and we’re going to continue these relationships after this event.

Isaiah Todd (John Marshall H.S./Richmond, Va.)
On winning gold:
It’s a one of a kind feeling. It’s really exciting. I’m just glad I did it with some of my best friends, who are my family now.
Romeo Weems (New Haven H.S./Chesterfield, Mich.)
On winning gold:
It’s a special feeling that only a few people can have. So, it was big. It was fun. The whole tournament was fun. We all got a bond that will be with us for a while. We’re family now. We all grew together in just a couple weeks. It’s just an amazing feeling.

James Wiseman (The Ensworth School/Nashville, Tenn.)
On winning gold:
It feels good. All the hard work we put in for 18 days getting ready for this moment, it just felt good when the time ticked down and we were gold medalists.

On the USA’s inside game that produced 60 points in the paint against Canada:
Me and Vern (Carey), we are the best bigs on the team, so we have to carry the load. We have to score in the paint and dominate the paint in order to win the game.

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