Before she starts Harvard in the fall, Jeannie Boehm (New Trier H.S./Winnetka, IL) will play on her first USA Basketball team.
A 2016 USA U17 World Championship Team Trials participant, Rellah Boothe (IMG Academy/Ocala, FL) moved up an age group and will play with the USA U18 team this summer.
"Wow, this is a lot of talent. I think we’re going to be really good and I think we’re going to get gold this year," said Chennedy Carter (Timberview H.S. /Mansfield, TX) after being named to the team.
Sidney Cooks (Saint Joseph Catholic Academy/Kenosha, WI) was asleep when the announcement was made -- she is in Astana, Kazakhstan, gearing up for the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship.
The most veteran of the group, Baylor-bound Lauren Cox (Flower Mound H.S./Flower Mound, TX) has won three gold medals over the past three summers and will be hoping for another gold this year.
Crystal Dangerfield (Blackman H.S./Murfreesboro, TN), who is headed to Connecticut in the fall, won gold in 2013 with the USA U16 National Team and 2015 with the USA U19 World Championship Team, and is looking for a third gold this summer.
Persistence paid off for South Carolina freshman-to-be Tyasha Harris (Heritage Christian/Noblesville, IN). She was cut at the 2013 USA U16 National Team Trials, but came back strong this year.
Ruthy Hebard (West Valley H.S./Fairbanks, AK) will be playing next year at Oregon for Kelly Graves, who was an assistant coach four years ago for the 2012 USA Women's U18 National Team.
"Oh man, when I heard my name called the first thing I could think of was, I need to tell my parents, and I need to tell my little brother. They’re all at home, fingers crossed, praying for me. So, it was kind of like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. We were waiting, everyone was sitting around and I got nervous, so it was the best feeling," said USC-bound Valerie Higgins (Chaminade College Prep/Granada Hills, CA)
Amber Ramirez (Karen Wagner H.S./*TCU/San Antonio, TX), who will play for TCU next year, has a shot at two medals this summer. She's currently in Astana, Kazakhstan, for the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship.
Megan Walker (Monacan H.S. /Chesterfield, VA) is teaming up with USA U18 teammates Sidney Cooks and Megan Walker, along with Jaelyn Brown, on the USA 3x3 U18 World Championship Team, which should help with chemistry on the USA U18 National Team.
"It’s an unbelievable feeling just to know I came out here and worked as hard as I could, knowing everything paid off. I knew I just had to do what I could on the court and work my hardest," said Evina Westbrook (South Salem H.S. /Salem, OR).
2016 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team.
WNBA All-Stars 93, USA Women's National Team 85