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Quotes: U.S. Youth Olympic Games Team Women's Basketball Team

  • Date:
    Apr 4, 2018

Aliyah Boston (Worcester Academy/St. Thomas, USVI)
On what it means to have the opportunity to represent the USA at the Youth Olympic Games:
I think it’s a very amazing opportunity, especially since I’ve never played 3x3 before. It’s very exciting to be part of the team. 3x3 is so exciting to play, the pace of the game and all the different rules, especially the 12-second shot clock, it really gets you thinking. It gets you to see the floor better to see what you have.

What was your team dynamic?
I thought that our team played really well together. Paige, Sam and I had played together (in the past). So, I thought we already knew how each other played. And even though Hailey was new, we still all worked together really well. We knew where everyone was and that will help us in the Youth Olympic Games.

Samantha Brunelle (William Monroe H.S./Ruckersville, Va.)
On what it means to have the opportunity to represent the USA at the Youth Olympic Games:
It’s amazing. It’s a great feeling to have. I always enjoy my time and the experiences I get with USA Basketball and just meeting new people from all around, all around the nation and the world, it’s just an amazing feeling to have.

Are you looking forward to the Olympic experience of living in the village with athletes from so many different sports from around the world?
I love meeting new people all the time, so I’m excited to make more friends and to meet new people.

Paige Bueckers (Hopkins H.S./Eden Prairie, Minn.)
On what it means to have the opportunity to represent the USA at the Youth Olympic Games:
It means a lot. Just to represent my country at all, even just to be able to try out is a major blessing. I feel really honored to be a part of this four-person team to go across the world and compete for the USA. It means a lot.

It’s pretty much like the whole junior Olympics, competing against all of the countries, not just like we did in Argentina last year at the U16s, where it was a qualifier and only countries from the Americas. So, it’s much bigger, on a bigger stage and it’s more like the Olympics. So, I’m looking forward to the experience.

Hailey Van Lith (Cashmere H.S./Wenatchee, Wash.)
On what it means to have the opportunity to represent the USA at the Youth Olympic Games:
It’s a huge honor and I’m so blessed because there are a lot of girls in this country who play basketball and for them to think that they want me to represent the USA, it means a lot. I’m extremely honored.

Are you excited about living in the Youth Olympics village and meeting athletes from all over the world in a variety of sports?
I’m super-pumped to be in that environment, let alone play in the tournament. I’m excited for everything that it’s going to bring and all the new experiences we’ll have.

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