USA Hoops: Day One

<b>COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –</b> Day One is on the books at the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival. The real stuff tips on Friday as the players got to know one another Thursday evening.

The meat of the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival kicks off on Friday as the four teams (North, South, East, West) begin round robin play with the culmination of the camp coming Sunday in the gold medal game.

Thursday's session was more or less a feeling out process as the four teams ran through workouts. Coaches got to know the participants and the kids mingled in light scrimmages and ran through some basic offensive sets.

Don't be surprised if shooting guard Louis Williams (South) has a huge weekend here. Last weekend, the word out of Portland was that the Georgia-bound guard was terrific at the Nike Skills Camp. On Thursday, it was clear that there is a carry-over effect from last weekend.

Williams looked good in almost an effortless manner as his confidence is very high and you can just see that he's got a little extra bounce in his step.

Williams' bravado seems to have carried over into the entire South roster. After a few hours of practice it was obvious that these guys bonded quickly and there will be no chemistry issues on this squad.

Out West, Martell Webster is set to make his summer debut. Webster said he's ready to go after his foot injury. He looks to be a little on the heavy side, but he says he's in good shape.

The North roster has Luke Zeller, who like Webster, is making his summer debut. However, the real story could be what this team looks like with Eric Devendorf and Chris Douglas-Roberts in the same backcourt.

The East team has great size in Derrick Caracter and Andray Blatche but the hottest guy on the roster is junior shooting guard Gerald Henderson who is coming off a big time NBA Camp effort.


Tiki Mayben, a guard on the East roster, is heading home. Mayben has a toe injury that will keep him out of action so he'll return home to New York on Friday. … Clarence Holloway, the Louisville-bound center, is in much better shape this summer than he was at the same time last year. …

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