Eighty-Five Athletes Set To Participate In May 14-17 USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Trials
Featuring 34 players looking to earn a roster spot on the 2015 USA Women’s U19 World Championship Team and 51 athletes vying for a position on either the 2015 U.S. Pan American Women’s Basketball Team or the 2015 USA Women’s World University Games Team, all-told 85 of the nation’s top basketball players will take part in the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Trials from May 14-17 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Trials for the U19 team will take place on the same days as trials for the Pan American Games and World University Games teams, although the U19s will go at different times than the PAG/WUGs group. The 12 members of each squad, or finalists for each team, will be announced on the morning of May 17.
Dawn Staley (South Carolina) will lead the USA U19 team, along with USA assistant coaches Kim Barnes Arico (Michigan) and Jeff Walz (Louisville.) Players eligible for the 2015 USA U19 World Championship Team must be U.S. citizens born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.
The University of Iowa’s Lisa Bluder will lead the 2015 U.S. Pan American Women’s Basketball Team, along with assistant coaches Michelle Clark-Heard of Western Kentucky University and Scott Rueck of Oregon State University.
Northwestern University head coach Joe McKeown is head coach of the 2015 USA Women’s World University Games Team and will be assisted by Holly Warlick from the University of Tennessee and Tanya Warren from the University of Northern Iowa.
Players eligible for the 2015 U.S. Pan American Games and USA World University Games teams must be U.S. citizens who currently are enrolled as full-time college students with remaining eligibility for the 2015-16 school year.
Additionally, Kamie Ethridge (Northern Colorado) and Jason Flowers (Cal-State Northridge) will serve as court coaches for both sets of trials.
The 13 U19 trials athletes who recently completed their freshman year of college also may be considered for the U.S. Pan American Games and USA World University Games teams.
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.