Tim Hardaway Jr. Hits Game Winner, Team USA Moves to 2-0

Small_USA_8[1]Team USA trailed Serbia late in the fourth quarter but managed to battle back for a 80-78 win to advance to 2-0 in FIBA U19 World Championship group play. Michigan sophomore Tim Hardaway Jr. had an up and down game, making just one of seven three point shots, but hit the game winner with 47 seconds remaining. Hardaway finished the game with 11 points, a team high four assists, two steals and one rebound in 22 minutes.

Joe Jackson (Memphis) led Team USA with 19 points while Patric Young (13) and Tony Mitchell Jr. (11) also reached double figures. Team USA made 25 of 27 free throws but connected on just 1 of 13 three pointers. (Box score)

Through two games, Hardaway is averaging 9 points and four assists while shooting 42% from the field. Quotes and notes after the jump.

Here are some quotes from Tim Hardaway Jr. (via USA Basketball) on the game:

Talk about tonight’s game:
It came down to some big plays. We didn’t hold our head down, we all came together as a team and I think this W proves to everybody that we are playing together and we are getting better, and at the same time we’re not holding our heads down or fussing or fighting even though we were down five with 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter. We all came together and said, ‘let’s huddle up and get the W’ and it paid off.
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2013 Q&A: Demetrius Jackson Talks Michigan Offer

228693_1884232438801_1631075049_1814454_7330578_nMost scouts weren’t very familiar with Demetrius Jackson before this spring but the lead guard impressed national and regional scouts with his attacking style of play and athleticism. Jackson burst onto the scene at the Spiece Run ‘n Slam and played very well at Michigan’s Elite Camp earlier this June.

Jackson didn’t receive an offer on June 15th but knew he was close. Michigan head coach John Beilein extended that scholarship offer this afternoon while Jackson was on campus for an unofficial visit. He found time afterward to discuss the visit, his offer and his future plans.

So Michigan offered you a scholarship today? Yes sir.

That’s your second offer, what was your reaction? I was just really excited and really thankful. I felt like I was blessed.

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Notebook: Team USA Bounces Back, Demetrius Jackson Visits & More

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Team USA played its first game in the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships this afternoon, and recorded an impressive win over Egypt, 115-60. After lackluster results versus Lithuania, this was the sort of start that Team USA needed to regain confidence.

Michigan sophomore Tim Hardaway Jr. scored seven points and handed out four assists in the win. Hardaway also had a steal, block and a turnover. While Hardaway didn’t start the game, he played 22 minutes and was much more efficient than in previous games where he had drawn some criticism for lackluster shooting numbers.

The American squad was led by Doug McDermott (Creighton) with 19 points while Joe Jackson (15), Jeremy Lamb (15), Meyers Leonard (11), Khyle Marshall (10), Anthony Brown (10) and Keith Appling (10) also scored in double figures. Team USA will face Serbia tomorrow morning at 9am eastern time. [click to continue…]

Video: Glenn Robinson III at Best Buy Classic

Glenn Robinson III has put together a very solid spring, rising up the recruiting rankings and impressing at numerous camps, exhibitions and AAU tournaments. Our friends at Michigan Prep Stars put together this video of Robinson from earlier this spring at the Best Buy Classic in Chicago.

We’ve also posted other videos of Robinson this summer including footage from the Pitt Jam Fest, Indiana Junior-Senior All-Star Classic and Adidas May Classic.

hardaway_tim_2011[1]Team USA Struggles

Early returns from Lithuania are not encouraging. Team USA’s exhibition losses will either serve as a wake up call or the Americans are going to be in for a long trip to Latvia for the FIBA U19 World Championships. The Americans lost a pair of exhibition games to Lithuanian U19 and U20 squads, 108-75 and 101-72, respectively.

After a strong performance in the first exhibitionTim Hardaway Jr. struggled in the second game, going 0 for 8 from the field and notching just five points, four steals and three turnovers. Jonas Valunciunas returned from the NBA draft festivities to dominate the American squad, scoring 23 points in 25 minutes.

Team USA will open the World Championships on Thursday with a 9am (eastern) game versus Egypt. Future group play games include Serbia on July 1st (9 am eastern) and China on July 2nd (11:15 am eastern).

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Austin Hatch Makes Progress, Continues to Fight

Many commenters and readers have asked how they are able to provide support for Austin and his family. Right now, the best way is to post a message on Austin’s Caring Bridge website. There will also be updates on Austin’s condition posted to the website, here’s the latest:

Austin is still in ICU.  His condition remains critical but stable.  A recent CT Scan shows no worsening in his condition.  The major objective is to minimize stimulation to allow him to heal.  His Care Team is limiting visitors to immediate family only to aid in his healing.  The family sincerely appreciates all thoughts and prayers.

Austin is still not completely out of his medically induced coma, but most signs were encouraging today as he reportedly moved all four extremities and is moving in the right direction:

“I’m sure he will be in a coma for a few more days as they continue to work on him. But they think he’s out of the woods. They didn’t know initially if he was going to make it but I think he will make it now and we’re praising God for that,” said [Blackhawk Teaching Pastor Steve] Webster.

Dave Telep reports that the Michigan staff will be able to visit Austin and provide the necessary support by attending funerals. One of Austin’s best friends from high school emphasizes that Austin is a fighter and will make it through this ordeal:

“He’s definitely one of the toughest guys I know,” said VanHorn, 16. “We’ve known each other our whole lives. If there’s anyone who can make it through this tragedy … it’s definitely him.”.

257953760-27111654[1]The Hatch family was flying with both of their family dogs and one canine miraculously escaped the accident unharmed. Brady was picked up by the Humane Society on Monday afternoon after someone called in a report of a stray dog and they were able to identify him by his microchip:

“They put two and two together,” Whitley said, and concluded that Brady must have also been on the plane.

Whitley said the police were notified and a friend of the Hatch family picked Brady up Sunday.

“It’s an absolute miracle,” Whitley said of Brady’s survival and apparent absence of injuries. “Our thoughts are, this is (Austin’s) dog, this will maybe be one little bright spot in an otherwise horribly horrific situation,” she said.

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