Training camp for the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games continued Thursday morning at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Tyler Haws had time to catch up with BYUcougars.com to talk about his experience so far.
The team is coached by Bob McKillop from Davidson and he is assisted by Frank Martin (South Carolina) and John Beillein (Michigan). See what Haws had to say after practice this morning.
Thursday's morning practice included numerous defensive drills and several halfcourt offensive drills. Haws helped his team win several drills by making key defensive stops, passes and shots. He'll be back at it today at 4:25 p.m. MT.
“It’s been intense. There are so many good players out here. It’s been a really good experience so far. I’ve learned a lot. Hopefully we can continue to play a few more days."
“Obviously I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable. The first day you knew names but you’d never really played against them before. It was fun to see where my game stood against those guys. I feel very comfortable out here and I feel I can play with anyone.”
“I love the coaches that are out here. You can tell they’ve been around the game a long time and have a lot of experience. I’ve learned, probably most importantly, to understand your game and make sure you don’t go outside of that. The guys here are so good that when you go outside of your game it doesn’t work. I’m a shooter so I’ve got to look for opportunities to get my shot and then just compete and work hard every play.”
“Every time you put the (USA) jersey on it is definitely special and something that I’ll never forget.”
“Everyone out here is a leader and they’re leaders on their teams. I feel like I’m learning a lot of leadership skills from them. I can also take away a lot of confidence after coming to something like this because you feel like you can play against anyone. These guys are the best in the country.”
Audio from Haws courtesy KSL
Audio from Bob McKillop
Audio from Frank Martin
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