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2010 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team News

2010 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team News

2010 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team Trials Roster Features 26 Top Prep Athletes

B Roster includes 13 McDonald’s All-Americans and Seven Gatorade State Players of theYear B

Jennifer Rizzotti, who helped the USA U18 National Team to a gold medal in 2006, will return as head coach of the 2010 USA U18 National Team. (Courtesy of University of Hartford Athletics)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 24, 2010) B  Counting 17 All-Americans and 12 of the top 20 senior prospects, 26 elite high school athletes have accepted invitations to participate in the 2010 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team Trials, June 8-11 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball today announced.
The 26 players will battle for one of 12 roster spots on the 2010 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team that will compete in the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women June 23-27 at the USOTC in Colorado Springs. Players eligible for this competition must be a U.S. citizen born on or after Jan. 1, 1992.

Included in the field of 26 set for trials are 13 McDonald’s All-Americans, eight USA Today All-Americans, 15 Parade Magazine All-Americans and seven Gatorade State Players of the Year.

“I’m obviously excited to be working with these kids,” said Jennifer Rizzotti, USA U18 and University of Hartford head coach. “You can see that they’re all the best of the best. Our goal is to find a group that will come together and help represent the United States in the tournament, and I’m looking forward to finding out who that’s going to be.”

The 2010 graduates on the trials roster are Stefanie Dolson (Minisink Valley H.S./Port Jervis, N.Y.); Karla Gilbert (A&M Consolidated H.S./College Station, Texas); Cassie Harberts (San Clemente H.S./San Clemente, Calif.); Bria Hartley (North Babylon H.S./North Babylon, N.Y.); Kaneisha Horn (Ramsay H.S./Birmingham, Ala.); Richa Jackson (Midwest City H.S./Midwest City, Okla.); Sara James (Oak Ridge H.S./El Dorado Hills, Calif.); Afure Jemerigbe (St. Mary’s H.S./Stockton, Calif.); Kayla McBride (Villa Maria Academy/Erie, Pa.); Shanece McKinney (LeFlore H.S./Mobile, Ala.); Laurin Mincy (University H.S./Newark, N.J.); Chiney Ogwumike (Cy-Fair H.S./Cypress, Texas); Haley Peters (The Peddie School/Red Bank, N.J.); Theresa Plaisance (Vandebilt Catholic H.S./Marrero, La.); Lindsay Sherbert (Great Oak H.S./Temecula, Calif.); Meighan Simmons (Steele H.S./Cibolo, Texas); Alyssa Thomas (Central Dauphin H.S./Harrisburg, Pa.); and Samarie Walker (Chaminade-Julienne H.S./West Carrollton, Ohio).

The Class of 2011 members on the trials roster are Brittany Boyd (Berkeley H.S./Berkeley, Calif.); Raven Ferguson (Africentric Early College H.S./Columbus, Ohio); Reshanda Gray (Washington Prep H.S./Los Angeles, Calif.); Morgan Jones (Lake Mary H.S./Altamonte Springs, Fla.); Allyson Malott (Madison H.S./Middletown, Ohio); Amber Orrange (Westbury Christian H.S./Houston, Texas); Erica Payne (Carondelet H.S./Danville, Calif.); and Cassie Peoples (Cy-Fair H.S./Cypress, Texas).

“The committee is certainly excited to have this talented group of players from which to select our 2010 USA U18 Women’s National Team,” said Sue Donohoe, chair of the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee. “We have 26 talented athletes and depth at every position. It will be a competitive trials, and the USA will be well represented at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women.”

All sessions will be held at the training center’s Sports Center I. The first session will take place June 8 at 6:30 p.m. (MDT); followed by sessions on June 9 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m.; and June 10 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. The 12-player 2010 USA Women’s U18 National Team will be announced on the morning of June 11 and will remain in Colorado Springs for training through the start of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women on June 23.

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