The Youth Olympic Games is the latest challenge for accomplished 16-year-old Paige Bueckers.
USA BASKETBALL WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM PROGRAM
2018 USA JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM EVENTS INFORMATION
USA Basketball junior women will compete in two five-on-five international events in the summer of 2018 – the FIBA U17 World Cup and FIBA Americas U18 Championship. USA Basketball selection committees are responsible for selecting athletes to participate in team trials, the actual selection of each 12-member team and ongoing performance evaluations of team members. Athletes had the opportunity to show their interest in participating on a 2018 USA Junior National Team by submitting an Athlete Consideration Form (no longer available) or, if 17-or-under, complete the 2018 USA U17 World Cup Team Trials application (see below).
FIBA U17 World Cup
The 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup will be held July 21-29 in Minsk, Belarus. Trials to select the finalists for the 12-member team will be held May 24-28 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The finalists will remain in Colorado Springs for training camp and team finalization. The 12-member team will begin training camp on July 4 and athletes will return home following the conclusion of the tournament. Athletes will receive invitations to attend the trials during March 2018. It will again be possible for athletes not receiving an invitation to participate in the trials by submitting an application, which is different than the Athlete Consideration Form. Attendance will be limited to 150 athletes, determined by the USA Basketball Developmental National Team Committee.
Training camp will include a variety of practices, scrimmages and friendly games as follows:
|May 24-28||Trials to select finalists||U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|May 28-31||Training camp to finalize team||U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|July 4-20||Training Camp||U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado and Europe|
|July 21-29||FIBA U17 World Cup||Minsk, Belarus|
Players eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens and born on or after January 1, 2001.
FIBA Americas U18 Championship
The 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship serves as the qualifying tournament for the 2019 U19 World Cup. Trials to select the 12-member team will be held May 25-29 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 2018 USA U18 National Team trials is by invitation only. Athletes will receive an invitation to attend the trials progressively and no later than following the Junior National Team Committee meeting at the NCAA Final Four in early April. Training camp will include a variety of practices, scrimmages and friendly games as follows (dates and location will be confirmed as soon as possible):
|May 25-29||Trials||U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|TBD||Training camp||U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|TND||FIBA Americas U18 Championship||TBD|
Players eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens and born on or after January 1, 2000.
Athlete Consideration Form for Five-on-Five Events Listed Above
Players interested, available and eligible for any of the competitions stated herein were encouraged to complete the Athlete Consideration Form by February 23, 2018. Should you have any questions, please contact Kyle Pilipovich at the USA Basketball office (719-590-4800).