Local high school basketball players look to Olympians for inspiration

Mika Adams-Woods, a junior at Bishop Ludden, says he strives to be an Olympic basketball player one day (Matt Hauswirth)

When you look at Team USA Basketball, it's both impressive and a bit surprising that our small corner of the nation has three representatives on the teams.

On the Womens side, Cicero-North Syracuse grad Breanna Stewart represents Onondaga County. She scored 17 points in a win over Serbia on Wednesday.

In Mens Basketball, Syracuse University Head Coach Jim Boeheim is an assistant coach for Team USA while arguably the team's leader is former Syracuse star Carmelo the all-time leading scorer in the Olympics.

While that's incredible any way you slice it, the largest impact will be on Syracuse's growing generation of high school players or younger.

"You don't really hear that often about a girl like that (Breanna Stewart) coming out of Syracuse" says Danielle Rauch, a fantastic point guard from Bishop Ludden.

Breanna's dominance clearly resonates with players currently in a league Stewart once dominated.

"It's really exciting to hear...I wonder what the coaches from the other countries say...."hey you're going on to play USA...give it your best" Rauch joked.

It provides the blue print, the hope even, to make it to Breanna's level one day as difficult as that may be.

"It's fun, because they can't be beat. You can see that they all play together as a team, everyone's good. One day I want to get to that, I want to be there one day" says Mika Adams-Woods, a Division-I prospect from Bishop Ludden.

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