Twelve Players Selected To 2015 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team
The twelve players who will represent the United States at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship as members of the 2015 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team today were announced, following four days of trials that began on May 21 with 149 players taking part at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“I’m just so excited to get started,” said USA head coach Dori Oldaker (Mt. Lebanon H.S., Pa.). “The selection committee did a great job selecting this team. We are excited to get ready and have our first practice. It is a little early to know our strengths. I think we will know a lot more when we come back for training camp, but there is a tremendous about of talent.”
Named to the 2015 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team were: Jayda Adams (Mater Dei H.S./Santa Ana, Calif.); Desireé Caldwell (Johnson H.S./San Antonio, Texas); Aquira DeCosta (St. Mary’s H.S./Stockton, Calif.); Andra Espinoza-Hunter (Blair Academy, N.J./Ossining, N.Y.); Destiny Littleton (The Bishop’s School/San Diego, Calif.); Lauryn Miller (Kirkwood H.S./Kirkwood, Mo.); Alexis Morris (Legacy Christian Academy/Beaumont, Texas); Valencia Myers (Solon H.S./Solon, Ohio); Sedona Prince (Faith Academy/Liberty Hill, Texas); Honesty Scott-Grayson (Blair Academy/Brick, N.J.); Bexley Wallace (Pickerington Central H.S./Pickerington, Ohio); and Jade Williams (Prestonwood Christian Academy/The Colony, Texas).
The USA’s assistant coaches are 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 selected 12-member team will return to Colorado Springs for training camp June 14-22, before departing for the 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.
- While the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee invited 10 of the team members to attend trials, Adams and Miller participated in trials as applicant athletes.
- Adams is the younger sibling of Jordan Adams, a 2009 U16, 2010 U17 and 2011 U19 gold medalist, while Caldwell is the younger sibling of Receé Caldwell, a 2011 U16 and 2014 U18 gold medalist.
- Six players are from the high school class of 2017, and six players will graduate high school in 2018.
- Espinoza-Hunter and Scott-Grayson are teammates at Blair Academy in New Jersey.
- Two players are listed on the ESPN HoopGurlz class of 2017 Terrific 25, including Morris 14th and Littleton 17th.
- Six players are included on the class of 2018 HoopGurlz espnW watch list, which features Caldwell, DeCosta, Myers, Prince, Scott-Grayson and Wallace.
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).
Chaired in a non-voting position by USA Basketball women’s national team director Carol 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.