COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M guard Courtney Walker has returned to College Station after attending the 2013 USA Basketball U-19 Team trials.
Walker spent three days at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., competing alongside 30 other athletes from all over the country. Although she did not make the 12-member roster, she answered some questions from twitter about the great learning experience in this Q&A.
Q: What were your days like at the tryout? From @AggieAthletics
A: We would wake up at 7:15 a.m. and walk over to the athletic center café for breakfast. After we finished eating we walked to the gym for workouts beginning at 8:30 a.m. We would take a break for lunch at about 11:30am. After lunch we had a short break before our second workout at 4 p.m. then we had dinner at about 6:30 p.m. each day. After dinner we were able to watch the World University Games trials participants scrimmage. After all that we were in bed by 11 p.m.!
Q: What was one thing you learned that you will remember throughout your career? From @AKQuizzle
A: The biggest thing I learned was the value of leadership within a team!
Q: What was your favorite thing you did during the tryout? From @tresbeats
A: My favorite thing was playing and hanging out with such great players and coaches. Building relationships and competing with those elite players in coaches was a special thing.
Q: How going through the trials help you prepare for next season with Texas A&M? From @CaseyAtnip
A: The trials helped give me the confidence and composure to lead our team next season. As the week progressed I got more comfortable with everyone there and I was talking on the court a lot more. I learned to relax and have fun while competing and that's what I would like to bring back to Texas A&M this year.
Q: Did you make new friends at the USA try outs? From @Champagne1946
A: Yes, though some people I already knew getting to meet players I played against this past season and will play against next year was great. I spent most of my down time with Bashaara Graves (Tennessee) and Ieasia Walker (South Carolina).
Q: What was it like playing with someone you will play against in regular season? From @Champagne1946
A: We were able to talk about this past season and become friends, it was a great experience to play and compete with the best in the country, but when we face-off in the future it will be all business.
Q: Did you play against each other or was it mostly drills? From @RgulbrandsenG
A: The first session had a lot of drills, but after that it was mostly 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 scrimmaging.
Q: Who was your favorite player to go up against during the trials? From @TheAuthenticEP
A: Any of the guards! There were so many great players it is hard to name just one!
Q: Did you get to meet any players whose game you respect while at the USA Basketball facility? From @techkey12
A: I got the chance to talk to many great college players like Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Meighan Simmons (Tennessee) and Aaryn Ellenberg (Oklahoma)! I also really enjoyed talking with and being coached by Coach Caldwell from LSU!
Q: How exciting was it to be invited to be a part of the USA Basketball process? From @akey0529
A: It was great to experience and to I really enjoyed seeing the facilities that Team USA trains at. It was an honor to take the court at the place where the world’s greatest athletes come to prepare to represent our great country!
Q: Did you shut down a guard or guards? No names of course. We watched you frustrate opponents all season. Keep it up! From @nocnoc9
A: It was 33 players competing for 12 spots, there were so many great players there. The competition was intense and so was the atmosphere!