Larry Sanders was back on the basketball court doing a light workout on Thursday just nine days after spraining his left ankle during a workout at the U.S. national team minicamp in Las Vegas.

"Every day is better so that's good" Sanders said. "Keep moving in the right direction.

"Moving well today. I would say by next week this time I should definitely be back in the gym and moving at a pretty good pace."

The Bucks center was one of 26 rising NBA stars to be invited to the minicamp where the players were evaluated by U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff. It was the start of preparations for the next international cycle with the FIBA World Cup in Spain scheduled in 2014 and the Rio de Janeiro Olympics set for 2016.

"It was something I had been looking forward to since they told me" the 24-year-old Sanders said. "The whole summer I had been preparing for it. Unfortunately I get hurt and can't play. But it won't be my last chance.

"I think my main focus was making sure my presence was felt as far as being on the team."

Sanders said when his ankle fully heals he expects to go to Los Angeles to work out with a few of his peers including Indiana guard Paul George and Los Angeles Clippers forward DeAndre Jordan. Both also participated in the U.S. camp.

Sanders said he learned a few things during his time with the U.S. team that can translate to the upcoming season.