Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 12/7/12
USA Basketball is expanding its reach into youth basketball by partnering with iHoops, the joint initiative formed by the NBA and NCAA to improve programs for young players. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Friday the move is ''an opportunity to make a big impact'' on the development of young players and will help his organization find elite players who could eventually play for U.S. national teams. ''We are very, very much interested in the development of youth basketball,'' Colangelo said. ''This can be really impactful.'' iHoops was formed in 2009 and Colangelo said he always believed it would be a part of USA Basketball because his organization has the leadership and business components in place to make it successful. Colangelo said specific plans will be announced in early 2013. He envisions USA Basketball being able to make sure all coaches are sanctioned, improve the camps for elite players and just ''help clean up the system.'' ''That's the way to run a prog...
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