Irvbeck wrote:You mention Dejan. Did he make an appearance anywhere during the tournament? Seems like it would have been nice to have a show of face by the guy in-charge of our entire Men's National Team program. You'd think USAWP would have him present, visit some games, shake a few hands, maybe hold a seminar or give a speech, be at the Final games... there seems to be a disconnect.
How about this? Tony recently retired, went to Stanford, etc etc. Why wouldn't they ask him to be involved? The SoCal kids know who he his, but the "out of CA" kids may not or have a chance to meet him. Have him give a speech, talk to the crowd, host an autograph signing, something.
Lastly, who chose the cover photo of the program?
Dejan should never have been the SNT coach...period. His approach to assembling a team is not unlike how the CB and Vanguard White teams were assembled...just a bunch of guys getting together every now and then. Lot's of talent across the board on both teams, but very little team play going on with either. CB barely wins against Stanford "team players", Vanguard barely loses against Stanford's "team players" (twice). There is a lesson to be learned here but I'm confident Dejan skipped class.
Nobody knows how the cover came to be. I asked. I'm sure somebody was embarrassed by it though.