Arch excited for Olympics
Robert Archibald's Thursday was fairly normal.
Aside from meeting a Princess (Anne) and Prime Minister (David Cameron).
Such are the perks of an Olympian. On Thursday, the former Illini officially was named to Great Britain's men's basketball roster for the 2012 Olympics in London.
"It is very exciting. Honestly I don't know what to expect or have anything to compare it against," Archibald said Thursday from England. "I think once we actually get into the Olympic Village and start to play games, it will set in."
Archibald, who was born in Scotland, was one of 12 players named to the final roster. The roster is headed by Bulls forward Luol Deng.
"Honestly I was a little nervous coming in because I had been banged up this year. I hadn't had a great year (professionally)," Archibald said. "There were a lot of great young big guys coming into camp. The coach had a good level of confidence in me. I just continued to get better.
"Once I started playing, I felt reasonably comfortable. But there's always just a little doubt until you are told."
Illinois basketball will have two former players in the Olympics. Deron Williams was scheduled to begin training camp with the U.S. today.
Upon returning to England last week, the Great Britain team was greeted by fans at Heathrow Airport. Later, Princess Anne and Prime Minister Cameron visited the team at a practice facility in Loughborough.
Great Britain men's basketball will be represented in the Olympics for only the second time (1948). The team's preparations continue with exhibitions next week in France and Spain before its Olympic opener July 29.
"We're all over the place until the Games start," Archibald said.