menu close twitter facebook snapchat instagram youtube article basketball gallery graph left-arrow right-arrow search star trophy video net clipboard shield-check shield-star stopwatch filter reset
Asia Durr

Asia Durr’s Journey To U16 Gold Medal, MVP Honors

  • Date:
    Jun 28, 2013

Even playing on a team comprised of the best talent age 16-years-old-or-younger from across the country, Asia Durr (St. Pius X Catholic H.S./Douglasville, Ga.) stood out. And before she helped lead the USA to a gold medal and earned MVP at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Cancun, Mexico, Durr emerged as the USA's leader.

In three scrimmages during training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., Durr averaged a team-best 14.0 points per game. Not only did she score, she led the team in assists as well, dishing out 13 dimes. Those numbers, however, still weren't indicative of the leader she would be for the USA at 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship that was played June 19-23 in Cancun, Mexico. 

"Asia was a catalyst for us, both handling the basketball and defensively, and then finishing," said USA head coach Sue Phillips (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose Cagers AAU, Calif.) after the gold-medal win. "She really sparked us. She scored a run of double figures at one point by herself (in the gold-medal game). Pretty amazing."

From game one, Durr left her mark in the USA U16 single-game record book. In the USA's first game against Brazil on June 19, she led the USA with 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point, and a USA U16 record 5-of-5 from the free throw line.

“My teammates passed me the ball,” Durr said following the win, “and I was wide open, so I shot and it went it. It was a lot of fun.”

In the USA's 98-28 win over Argentina on June 20, Durr again propelled the USA, this time with 23 points and six rebounds, and she made 7-of-10 from the free throw line to set a USA U16 record for free throws attempted. 

Facing Costa Rica the following day, in the team’s final game before the medal round, Durr contributed 12 points and two assists.

Scheduled to meet Mexico in the medal semifinals, Durr produced on the offensive and defensive end, finishing the game with 11 points and four steals as the USA cruised into the gold medal game.

Just needing one more win to accomplish its goal, the USA faced Canada in the gold medal game on June 23. With the USA leading by just one with 8:44 remaining in the third quarter, Durr fueled a 12-0 run that broke the game wide open. She would finish with a game-high, and USA U16 record 26 points to go along with eight steals (another USA U16 record) on her way to being awarded tournament MVP.   

While earning Most Valuable Player honors, finishing with the most points by a USA U16 athlete, and winning a gold medal were all special achievements, Durr isn’t content. She notes that she still needs to improve her strength as the summer progresses on.

“There were times when in a game I got shoved around a little bit,” she said. “I learned that I need to become stronger because there were some girls that were stronger than me, and they’re in the same grade as me. I need to become a stronger basketball player.”

When Durr arrived back home in Douglasville, Ga., on Monday she had a crowd of family and friends waiting for her at the airport. To her surprise, her supporters had made her congratulatory signs. The excitement toward winning a gold medal was heartfelt and will continue to be in the coming weeks as she plans a celebration with close family and friends.  

“I think this experience made me a better basketball player,” Durr said. “Different coaches and new teammates, it taught me a lot.”

Related Tags:

Related Videos

USA Women's U16: Medal Round Highlights


Catch some of the best action from the USA U16 women's quarterfinal, semifinal and gold medal game.

Highlights: 2019 USA Women's U16 National Team Preliminary Round


Highlights from the 2019 USA Basketball Women's National Team's three preliminary round victories.

2019 USA Women's U16 Finalists Highlights


2019 USA Women's U16 Trials: Day In The Life


Check out the action at the USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team Trials.

After leading USA Basketball teams to perfect, 5-0 records and gold medals at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championships this past summer, USA head coaches Carla Berube and Don Showalter today were announced as co-recipients of the USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Award.

Related Content

  • Author:
    Kyle Ringo, Red Line Editorial
  • Date:
    Oct 17, 2019

The USA Basketball and WNBA veteran was inspired to coach by former teammate Dawn Staley.

USA Women's U16: Medal Round Highlights


Catch some of the best action from the USA U16 women's quarterfinal, semifinal and gold medal game.

USA U16 Women


Canada was no match for the high-scoring USA Women's U16 team Saturday night in the FIBA America U16 gold medal game as the U.S.rolled to gold with a 87-37 win.



Hear from USA head coach Mark Campbell, as well as Lauren Betts, Sonia Citron, Londynn Jones and Payton Verhulst.

Coach Licensing & Organization Accreditation Login

Forgot Password?