While gearing up for the regular NBA season, there aren’t many opportunities where some of the world’s young elite talent can get together and work on their craft. Luckily for the Washington Wizards, John Wall and Bradley Beal have a shot at improving their game along side some of the best coaches and players in the world, as they’re participating in this year’s Team USA mini-camp.
Unlike Bradley Beal, John Wall isn’t an unfamiliar face to the men’s national team. Wall was a part of the USA select team, which helped prepare the star studded USA team in last years summer Olympics. Team USA has always been known for their flashy, up-tempo style of play, which is exactly John Wall could bring in the future. USA head coach, Mike Krzyzewski, wants to implement a transition offense which suits to the younger legs he’ll be working with this summer. Unlike the Olympic team, the mini-camp roster is preparing for an opportunity to represent the United Sates in the 2014 FIBA World Championships in Spain. Wall spoke a bit about the opportunity he has to represent his country, stating
It is a privilege to return to USA Basketball as a participant in the 2013 Men’s National Team mini-camp…I have gained great experience and grown from my previous stints with USA Basketball and hope to continue in the program moving forward.
Bradley Beal still hasn’t been cleared to play contact basketball, but has still participated in shoot around with the team in Las Vegas. Though USA’s coaching staff is stressing transition basketball, like in past years, they’re always looking to surround their slashing guards and big men with three point specialists, such as Bradley Beal. After capturing the gold medal with the U17 USA team in 2009, Beal was named World Championship MVP, which helped put him on the map for future USA basketball.
Both guys realize that it’s an honor to wear ‘USA’ across your chest, but they also understand the opportunity they’re given to help improve themselves as basketball players. We’ve seen dynamic players such as Oklahoma City Thunder guard, Russell Westbrook, take huge leaps after competing for spots on the national team. For players like Wall and Beal, there’s nothing like competing with other world class guards like Kyrie Irving, Jrue Holiday, Ty Lawson and Damian Lillard.
Competing against some of the best guards in the world could help John Wall and Bradley Beal use their experience as a measuring stick for the future. Being coached by some of the best basketball minds in the world such as Mike Krzyzewski and Tom Thibodeau certainly couldn’t hurt. These guys have been around the game long enough to obviously have the ability to help tap into the potential of players like Wall and Beal. When speaking about working with some of the league’s best young talent, Coach K stated
This is an exciting group of versatile and talented players. This group of 27 players has a really good blend of experience, both with USA Basketball and in the NBA. The mini-camp will feature a lot of younger players who are emerging in the NBA and it will give us our first opportunity to see them at this elite level. I’m really anxious to get to work with them.
Wall and Beal have a chance to really leave an impression on some of the most influential basketball minds in the world, but most importantly, they have shot to help mold their game for the future.