158 Players Set To Participate In May 21-25 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team Trials
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The 2015 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team Trials are expected to feature 158 young basketball players from throughout the country who will take part in skills sessions, performance seminars and scrimmage sessions while competing for one of 12 roster spots on the 2015 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team. Trials will take place May 21-25 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
In addition to 34 athletes who were invited to trials by the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee, 124 players were accepted as applicant athletes. All 158 players are eligible for a position on the 2015 USA U16 National Team that will play in the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship from June 24-28 in Puebla, Mexico.
“The U16 trials are an important event for us, because not only do we select a team that we hope goes on to win a gold medal, but we also want to take advantage of this opportunity to help make every player who attends trials a better athlete,” said Carol Callan, USA Basketball women’s national team director and chair of the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee. “As it has been for the past several open trials, the decision of selecting a 12-member roster from such a deep pool of talent will be a challenge for the committee, but it is a good challenge for us to have.”
The 2015 USA U16 National Team will be led by Dori Oldaker, head coach at Mt. Lebanon High School in Pennsylvania, with USA assistant coaches Dianne Lewis of Thomas Edison High School in Virginia and Samantha Quigley, who is the head coach at the University of St. Francis (NAIA) in Illinois.
The first two days of the 2015 USA U16 National Team Trials primarily will consist of skills sessions and off-court sessions on health and performance on May 21 and 22. After scrimmage opportunities on the evening on May 22 and the morning of May 23, the roster may begin to be reduced.
Due to the number of athletes participating, the trials roster will be split into two groups for at least the first three days.
The 12 players for the 2015 USA U16 National Team, or finalists for the team, will be announced on the morning of May 25. The selected 12-member team will return to Colorado Springs for training camp June 14-22, before departing for the FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
- Twelve of this year’s expected participants attended last year's 2014 USA Women's U17 World Championship Team Trials, including Amira Collins (St. John’s College H.S./White Plains, Md.), Tyler Collins (Woodward Academy/Fayetteville, Ga.), Gabby Connally (Brandeis H.S./San Antonio, Texas), Madison Johnson (Mater Dei H.S./Santa Ana, Calif.), Kelen Kenol (East Ridge H.S./Woodbury, Minn.), Kasiyahna Kushkituah (St. Francis H.S./Austell, Ga.), Elizabeth Layne (Jordan H.S./Durham, N.C.), Victoria Oglesby (Collins Hill H.S./Suwanee, Ga.), Lauren Ross (The Shipley School/Bryn Mawr, Pa.), Taylor Sutton (Woodward Academy/Hampton, Ga.), Madison Treece (Rock Bridge H.S./Columbia, Mo.) and Kianna Williams (Karen Wagner H.S./San Antonio, Texas).
- Five others attended the 2013 USA Women’s U16 National Team Trials, including Katlyn Gilbert (Heritage Christian School/Indianapolis, Ind.), McKenna Haire (Myers Park H.S./Charlotte, N.C.), Jaala Henry (Eleanor Roosevelt H.S./Riverdale, Md.), Sayanna Roy (Grosse Pointe South H.S./Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) and Shaileen Woods (Paul VI H.S./Farifax, Va.).
- Sixty athletes are from the high school class of 2017, 72 are from the class of 2018, 17 will graduate high school in 2019 and nine players are from the high school class of 2020.
- The 155 athletes hail from 36 states. Eighteen players are from Texas; 15 are from Georgia; 13 are from California; 10 are from Ohio; and nine are from North Carolina. Arizona and Washington have seven players apiece; Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma and Virginia are represented by six players each; Illinois, Maryland and New York all feature five players; Colorado and Michigan have four players at trials; Minnesota, New Jersey and New Mexico each feature three players; Alaska, Connecticut, Indiana, Louisiana, Nebraska and South Carolina are represented by two players each; and featuring one player are Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Dakota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
- Ten sets of high school teammates are on the roster, including: Amaya Brown (Cibola H.S./Alburquerque, N.M.) and Kavionnia Brown (Cibola H.S./Alburquerque, N.M.); Tyler Collins and Taylor Sutton (Woodward Academy/Hampton, Ga.); Maya Dodson (St. Francis H.S./Alpharetta, Ga.) and Kasiyahna Kushkituah (St. Francis H.S./Austell, Ga.); Andra Espinoza-Hunter (Blair Academy, N.J./Ossining, N.Y.) and Honesty Scott-Grayson (Blair Academy/Brick, N.J.); Taya Corosdale (Bothell H.S./Bothell, Wash.) and Keyonna Jones (Bothell H.S./Bothell, Wash.); Shaylee Gonzales (Mesquite H.S./Gilbert, Ariz.) and Lindsey VanAllen (Mesquite H.S/Gilbert, Ariz.); Madison Johnson (Mater Dei H.S./Santa Ana, Calif.) and Jayda Adams (Mater Dei H.S./Santa Ana, Calif.); Ciara Moore (Northwood Temple Academy/ Fayetteville, N.C.) and Kendal Moore (Northwood Temple Academy/Fayetteville, N.C.); Grace Stone (Long Island Lutheran H.S./Glen Cove, N.Y.) and Celeste Taylor (Long Island Lutheran H.S./Valley Stream, N.Y.); and Sierra Smith (St. Mary’s H.S./Stockton, Calif.) and Aquira DeCosta (St. Mary’s H.S./Stockton, Calif.).
- Jasmyn Jackson (Thornton Fractional South H.S./Lansing, Ill.) lists herself at 5-foot-1, and four players listed themselves as 5-foot-3, including Terrysha Banner (Millennium H.S./Goodyear, Ariz.), Tyra Brown (Pattonville H.S./Maryland Heights, Mo.), Jillian Duncan (Wellington H.S./Wellington, Fla.) and Kennedy Taylor (Lincoln H.S./Dallas, Texas). At the other end of the spectrum, eight players are at least 6-foot-4, including Sedona Prince (Faith Academy/Liberty, Texas) at 6-foot-7 and Ayoka Lee (Byron H.S./Byron, Minn.) and Rochelle Norris (Mountain View H.S./Stafford, Va.) at 6-foot-5.
- Born Feb. 26, 2002, Payton Roy (Pierce M.S./Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) is the youngest player on the roster, while, Morgan Brady (Parkview Arts and Science Magnet H.S./Little Rock, Ark.) born Jan. 7, 1999, is the oldest player.
- Desiree Caldwell (Johnson H.S./San Antonio, Texas) is the younger sibling of Receé Caldwell, a 2011 USA U16 gold medalist and 2014 U18 gold medalist; while Jayda Adams is the younger sibling of Jordan Adams, a 2009 U16 and 2010 U17 gold medalist.
- Nine players are listed on the ESPN HoopGurlz class of 2017 Terrific 25, including Rellah Boothe (Potter’s House Christian Academy/Jacksonville, Fla.) second; Kushkituah third; DiDi Richards (Cypress Ranch H.S./Cypress, Texas) fifth; Kayla Owens (Langham Creek H.S./Houston, Texas) ninth; Ayanna Clark (Long Beach Poly H.S./Long Beach, Calif.) 10th; Chelsie Hall (Seffner Christian Academy/Wesley Chapel, Fla.) 13th, Alexis Morris (Legacy Christian Academy/Beaumont, Texas) 14th; Madison Treece (Rock Bridge H.S./Columbia, Mo.) 15th; and Destiny Littleton (The Bishop’s School/San Diego, Calif.) 17th.
- Twenty-four players are included on the class of 2018 HoopGurlz espnW watch list, which features Jenna Brown (The Lovett School/Marietta, Ga.); Caldwell; Christianna Carr (Eden Prairie H.S./Eden Prairie, Minn.); Nia Clouden (St. Frances Academy/Owings Mills, Md.); Charli Collier (Barbers Hill H.S./Baytown, Texas); Amira Collins; Tyler Collins; Danielle Cosgrove (Sachem H.S. East/Farmingville, N.Y.); Aquira DeCosta (St. Mary’s H.S./Stockton, Calif.); Gilbert; Scott-Grayson; Zarielle Green (Duncanville H.S./Dallas, Texas); Jahnna Hajdukovich (Lathrop H.S./Fairbanks, Alaska); Destanni Henderson (Fort Myers H.S./Fort Myers, Fla.); Lindsey Jarosinski (Montini Catholic H.S./Medinah, Ill.); Gina Marxen (Eastlake H.S./Sammamish, Wash.); Shaiquel McGruder (Wayne H.S./Dayton, Ohio); Valencia Myers (Solon H.S./Solon, Ohio); Prince; Abigail Prohaska (Lakota West H.S./West Chester Township, Ohio); Caria Reynolds (Greater Atlanta Christian School/Stone Mountain, Ga.); Sutton; Bexley Wallace (Pickerington Central H.S./Pickerington, Ohio); Kourtney Weber (Ursuline Academy/New Orleans, La.); and Christyn Williams (Central Arkansas Christian H.S./Little Rock, Ark.).
Chaired in a non-voting position by Callan, the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee also includes AAU representatives Bill Larson and Sherri Pegues, National Federation of High Schools representatives Jody Patrick and Jill Rankin Schneider and athlete representative Yolanda Griffith, a 2000 and 2004 Olympic gold medalist who played on five USA Basketball teams.
2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship
The 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship will be played June 24-28 in Puebla, Mexico, where the USA women will set their sights on a fourth-consecutive U16 gold medal, along with a berth into the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship, which will be awarded to the top four finishing teams.
The U16 FIBA zone qualifier will feature eight teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. The USA was drawn into preliminary round Group A, along with Argentina, Honduras and Mexico. Playing in preliminary round Group B will be Brazil, Canada, Cuba and Venezuela.
The USA opens play against Argentina on June 24, faces Honduras on June 25 and caps preliminary round play against host Mexico on June 26.
After playing each of the teams in its preliminary round group, the top two ranked teams from each group will advance to the semifinals, and the third and fourth-placed teams will compete for fifth-through-eighth places. The semifinals will be played on June 27, and the finals will be on June 28.
The USA owns three gold medals and is a perfect 15-0 all-time in U16 play, including most recently in 2013, when the USA topped teams by 63.9 points per game.
The list of players who have competed for USA U16 national teams includes: Cierra Burdick (2009), Kaela Davis (2011), Asia Durr (2013), Rebecca Greenwell (2011), Linnae Harper (2011), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (2009), Arike Ogunbowale (2013), Taya Reimer (2011), Katie Lou Samuelson (2013), Breanna Stewart (2009) and Elizabeth Williams (2009).
Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Basketball, chaired by Jerry Colangelo, is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety.
USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams between 2012-14 compiled a spectacular 122-4 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the World University Games and the Nike Hoop Summit, and posted a 65-8 win-loss record in official FIBA and FIBA Americas 3x3 competitions.
USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics; men’s FIBA World Cup and women’s FIBA World Championship; men’s and women’s FIBA U19 and U17 World Championships; men’s and women’s U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; the FIBA 3x3 Women’s World Championship; the FIBA 3x3 Women’s U18 World Championship; and the women’s Youth Olympic Games. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA’s world-ranking categories, including combined, men’s, women’s, boys and girls.