On July 7 the Under 19 USA Basketball team powered past Serbia to win the gold medal at the world championships. CHD’s Jon Teitel had the opportunity to attend practice before they departed. Here is his photo essay from the up-close experience.
U-19 MVP Aaron Gordon
Aaron Gordon working on his jumper
The reason they held practice in the smaller gym: Bruno Mars.
Coach Donovan Surveys the Troops
Former Gator star Brad Beal checking out his old coach in DC
Welcome to Washington
Welcome to DC
U-19 head coach Billy Donovan
Coaches in the huddle.
Global tournament = global ball
"Let me tell you what it takes to win a title"
Discussing the day's travel plan from DC to Prague
Bring it in!
Time to Teach
Coach Billy Donovan with a little personal instruction
Gordon - Stokes
Aaron Gordon outside and Jarnell Stokes in the paint
Oklahoma State start Marcus Smart
Virginia big man Mike Tobey
Washington incoming freshman Nigel Williams-Goss
Waiting to run
Big men on the baseline
U-19 assistant coach Shaka Smart
Big Shoes to Fill
Jarnell Stokes wears a size 20 shoe
Don't forget to stretch
Stretching it out prior to practice
The Weight of the World on Your Back
The official backpack of team USA
Taking a break during a scrimmage