Remember this line from Chris' USA Basketball "Confusion" piece?
Perhaps the misunderstanding or misinterpretations came in part because these athletes are best their respective and most have never been cut.
Check out the latest article from HoopGurlz from Glenn Nelson: Crook-Williams takes game to new level
A couple different, but related, explanations exist for the emergence of the new, leaner, quicker, stronger-leading and better-shooting Ariya Crook-Williams. The Long Beach, Calif., native will give you a simple version -- "eating less and running more" -- that was brought on by a more-complicated set of circumstances. Namely, that the nationally regarded point guard was cut last spring at the USA Basketball U16 trials.
Facing basketball rejection for the first time, Crook-Williams took the jolt and used it to spark a furious period of training and introspection.