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USA U16 National Team Wins the Gold

quinn-cookTeam USA traveled to Mendoza, Argentina for the FIBA Americas U16 Championship and brought home the Gold Medal with a dominating performance which featured balanced scoring. Four players averaged double digit points, over the five games, led by Brad Beal who averaged 19 points per game. Johnny O'Bryant led the team in rebounding with 9.8 per contest, while point guard Quinn Cook averaged 5 assists. Going undefeated over five games, Team USA broke the century mark in all five victories and averaged 113 points per contest.

In the Gold Medal Game, the USA defeated host, and Group B first place finisher, Argentina 101-87. The game was close early but the United States opened it up to take a 50-36 halftime lead and then opened the second half with an 8-0 run. Brad Beal led the USA in scoring with 26 points, while James McAdoo hauled in 12 rebounds and Quinn Cook dished out five assists. Cook and McAdoo added 22 and 20 points respectively. Argentina qualified for the Gold Medal game with a 66-58 victory over Venezuela in their semi-final game.

In the Semi-Finals against Group B second place finisher Canada, USA jumped out to a 14 point first quarter lead, but Canada outscored the USA by five points in the second quarter cutting the halftime advantage to nine at 57-48. The second half was all Team USA as they blew open the game with a 30-5 run and went on to defeat Canada 126-78. James McAdoo (19 points/11 rebounds) and Johnny O'Bryant (10 points/12 rebounds) both recorded double-double performances. Quinn Cook had a team high five assists to go along with 15 points.

During Round Robin play, the USA dominated Group A by winning their three games by an average 35 points including a 28 point victory over Brazil, a 26 point victory over Argentina, and a 52 point victory over Puerto Rico. In the opening game against Brazil, Adonis Thomas paced the United States with a 21 point performance featuring making 4 of 5 from behind the 3-point arc. The second game against Venezuela saw point guard Quinn Cook explode for 22 points. In the victory over Puerto Rico, six U.S. players scored in double figures and all 12 scored.

The U16 National Team is coached by Don Showalter of Mid-Prairie High School (Iowa). Showalter is being assisted by Herman Harried of Lake Clifton High School (Md) and Kevin Sutton of Montverde Academy (Fl). International competition provides an opportunity for young men to represent their country and develop their basketball skills in a structured environment. Full tournament coverage including game summaries, box scores, and photo galleries is available at the USA Basketball and FIBA Americas websites.

The United States, Argentina, and Canada qualified to compete in the FIBA 2010 U17 World Championship in Hamburg, Germany, in July 2010.

Recruiting Focus – James McAdoo interview

I have found that it generally takes me at least five views of a prospect to get a good feel and accurately describe their game.  I mean there are so many intangibles, like have they been playing or traveling a lot of late or have they been mcadoo1under the weather.  The list also consists of,  have they had off the court or personal issues, a look at the match up situations, whether they have familiarity or lack of in the environment they are playing in.  I watch to see if they play consistently or if they turn it on when certain coaches are in attendance.  I could go on for another 1000 words describing intangibles alone.  That is but scratching the surface of the many things I look for when scouting a player.

Every so often a players comes along that you get an immediate feel for and James McAdoo is one of those guys.   McAdoo has the ability to slash through defenders and always gets his shot off, traffic or not.  At his young age, he already understands angles and spacing.  He moves well in all aspects of the game including defense where his long body allows him to recover quickly to play help defense.   In short, McAdoo is a big time talent.

BDN was able to speak with McAdoo this past weekend and here is that conversation. 

How old are you now?

I just turned sixteen on January the 3rd.

What is your actual height?


What schools are really looking at you at this point?

UCLA, Texas, North Carolina, Clemson, Georgetown and Syracuse.  Did I say Florida?  Florida is up there.  Virginia Tech, Virginia and Wake Forest - that's it as far as I can remember.

Any offers?

Florida, Wake Forest, Clemson, UCLA, Georgetown, Virginia Tech and Virginia.

Sounds like everybody but ...

UNC, Texas and Duke.

I noticed a Duke coach in the house (Slamfest) ...

Yes sir.  They are [private] recruiting me.

Duke is in there?  Whens the last time they contacted you?

Um, about a month.

Have they been calling or do they send letters?

I was up there for an exhibition game when they played Virginia Union.

You've been over at UNC a lot lately, right?

Yes.  About three times ... Florida once.  I am just trying to build a relationship with the coaches.

With a background, a lot of people consider UNC the team to beat.  Is that pretty much true?

Um, It's not true.  I mean I'm not going to go there just because my Uncle or Dad grew up loving them.  It'll basically come down to being my decision.

What is the key factor that'll play in your decision?

I just want to go there and be able to have freedom. (No Braveheart jokes, please) And most importantly be able to start as a freshman and be an impact player.

Which assistant coaches talk to you the most from local schools, like Duke, Wake or UNC?

Local, I'd say Coach Robinson talks to me the most.  Coach Kelsey at Wake.

And Florida? 

They are one of the first schools that contacted me and I've built a real good relationship with Coach

What size shoes do you currently wear?

Basketball shoes?  I wear 15's, but kick around shoes I wear 14.

Back to freedom.  What are you looking for?

As far as game style I want to get up and down the floor.  I want to have freedom to be able to dribble the ball, play the perimeter.  Inside, outside.

When will you get down to making a decision?

As far as eliminating some schools?

Yes ...

I will start to do that after my sophomore year before AAU starts.  After AAU.

And you'll play for Boo Williams this year?

Yes sir.

Which head coaches have you seen the most of?

Billy Donovan has come up.  Roy Williams has come up.  Seth Greeberg, Leitao, Oliver Purnell ...

When you are looking at a school, what are your prerequisites?

As far as a school or a basketball program?


I just want to be able to get along with the players that are there.  I want to make sure I'm going to fit in with the style of play and the coaching staff.  And if I'm going to like the school if I get hurt and basketball is taken away from me.

Do you have a preference on the size of a school, public or pri ...

I will probably pick a bigger school

You want to start is that what you are looking for when talking with coaches?

You kind of know if you go out there and play pick up with the guys, what position you are going to be and if you'll play.

So you'll take a look at depth and current players on rosters.

Yeah (nodding)

Congrats on winning the games MVP ...


(the vast majority (19 of 25)  of these question were asked by BDN, but Rivals and Scout reps came in) - [/private]

BDN prospect notes from Slamfest VIII

Here are some general comments and news on prospects that participated at this past Saturday's  Slamfest VIII in Richmond, Virginia. 

Marshawn Powell (6-7) Powell is an active workman like player who is sure to make Arkansas fans happy.  Powell has a really nice inside/outside game and

Gbinijie and Parker square off during Slamfest VIII
Gbinijie and Parker square off during Slamfest VIII

made use of the baseline this past Saturday.  Powell showed off his three point touch going 2 for 4 and ended the game with 18 points, 8 rebounds.

Hippolyle Tsafack (6-8) - It didn't take long for those in attendance to take notice of the little known young man from Cameroon.  He showed off a chisled body and worked the boards with authority grabbing 11 rebounds to go with 18 points on 9 of 11 shooting.  BDN Premium has more on this fairly unknown prospect where we interviewed the biggest surprise at Slamfest VIII.

Mychael Parker (6-5)The Miller School packed quite a one-two-three punch in Powell, Tsafack and Parker.  Parker had 16 points and 8 rebounds in his schools 68-49 win over Christ Church.  He is an active tweener which drew Gininije for much of the game.  Parker is being heavily recruited by Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Michael Gbinijie (6-6)I thought he took a lot of shots where his body and or feet weren't squared up.  He didn't finish strong in my opinion, but he was going up against the aforementioned three amigos from Miller School.  He likes to float outside a lot, yet he has more size than anyone else on his roster.  He shot 5 of 14 from the field for 14 points to go with 4 rebounds.

Steven Pledger- The future Oklahoma guard scored 28 points to go with 7 rebounds and 4 steals for his guard heavy Atlantic Shores team.  Pledger is a strong guard that forces the issue and drains his free throws when he is fouled.  He had a breakout season for Boo Williams during last years AAU play.

Josh Hairston - One of the most consistent kids I've seen.  He continues to get better and always hovers around 24 points and double figure boards.  BDNP will have an interview with the Duke commitment coming this week from the event.

Andre Dawkins - The future Dukie showed off his athleticism more-so than I have ever seen him do.  While he struggled a bit by his standards on his way to 15 points, he found other ways to help his team, with 4 blocked shots.  Did we mention his team high 9 rebounds?  BDN Premium will have an interview up shortly and Dre is always entertaining.  We will also discuss his game more on the members message board.

Brandon Britt (6-0) This guard unexpectedly stole the show, winning the player of the game for Atlantic Shores in their 85-62 blowout over Deep Run.  Britt was unconcious hitting 12 of 19 from the field which included and amazing 10 of 14 three pointers.  He's a kid people will now keep an eye on.

James McAdoo (6-8) BDN Premium will have an interview with this talented youngster up this week.  He's long, quick with the ball or without it and has enormous potential.  McAdoo dropped in 21 points to go with 10 boards, but his Norfolk Christian team lost a 53-29 decision to Henrico.  This guy is the real deal.

Travis McKie- He helped his team stay close with powerful DeMatha and showed off his athleticism.  The problem is that he waited to showcase that talent until the second half.

There were several other good players, one or two which BDNP will cover.  Coaches from Clemson, Virginia and Duke were there to watch the games.  Our premium section will have in depth analysis and interviews with the kids who may interest Duke, including Hairston and Dawkins.