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USA - Young talent gives Krzyzewski high hopes


USA - Young talent gives Krzyzewski high hopes

LAS VEGAS (2010 FIBA World Championship) - Coach Mike Krzyzewski can see a bright future for Team USA after watching this week's practice sessions in the mini-camp for young players in Las Vegas.

Krzyzewski, who confirmed on the eve of the camp last week that he is staying in his role through the 2010 FIBA World Championship and until the 2012 Olympics, has been in the stands as Jay Triano takes charge of the camp, but he has been taking everything in.

The man whose day job is coaching Duke University has been impressed by the fresh-faced young NBA players who are barely out of college themselves, convinced it shows Team USA have talent in place for 2012 and beyond.

"That's what this is about," Krzyzewski said. "It's not just for '10 and '12. Some of these guys are 21, 22-years-old. I mean, they might be on the team in '10 and '12, but certainly they are the future of USA Basketball if you get them indoctrinated into this."

That indoctrination is about teaching players a family atmosphere and culture of respect for all aspects of international basketball, two things that Krzyzewski and USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo have sought to instill.

Three years after he first took over the program, Krzyzewski believes the foundations are now in place to push the Olympic champions to even greater heights in this second cycle.

"We've always had a good comfort level about where we wanted to go," he said. "We are at a different level. We are not building a culture; we have a culture. We are trying to continue it.

"The fact that all these guys are here shows that guys are anxious to play for their country.

"We need to keep developing the program where we give them opportunities, and we build on that feeling."

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