2016 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team Trials To Feature 150 Athletes
Trials for the 2016 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team will take place May 26-30 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and are expected to include 150 athletes.
Danielle Patterson (Mary Louis Academy/Brooklyn, N.Y.) was added as one of 36 athletes invited to trials by the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee; along with 114 players who applied and were accepted to participate in the trials.
Trials will be used to determine the 12-member roster that will represent the USA at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship June 22-July 2 in Zaragoza, Spain. Players eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens born on or after Jan. 1, 1999.
Finalists for the 2016 USA Women’s U17 World Championship Team will be announced on May 30, and they will remain in Colorado Springs for training camp through June 2. The official 12-player roster for the USA U17 World Championship Team will be named on June 3.
The team members will return to Colorado Springs for training camp June 7-15, before departing for the competition in Spain.
The 2016 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship 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 mentor at the University of St. Francis (NAIA).
The trio helped the USA qualify for the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship by virtue of a bronze-medal finish at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
First held in 2010 and contested every two years, the USA Women have won all three gold medals and compiled a perfect 23-0 record in U17 play.
All 12 players from the 2015 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team return for trials, including Jayda Adams (Mater Dei H.S./Irvine, Calif.); Desiree Caldwell (Frenship H.S./Lubbock, 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/Kirkwood, Mo.); Alexis Morris (Legacy Christian Academy/Beaumont, Texas); Valencia Myers (Solon H.S./Solon, Ohio); Sedona Prince (Liberty Hill H.S./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).
Three players expected to participate in trials also took part in the 2016 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Tournament from April 30-May 1, including Kennedy Gavin (Petal H.S./Petal, Miss.), Tommi Olson (Highlands Ranch H.S./Lone Tree, Colo.) and Ashten Prechtel (Discovery Canyon H.S./Colorado Springs, Colo.).
Five of the trials hopefuls have participated in two previous USA Basketball trials. Taking part in trials for the 2015 USA Women’s U16 National Team and 2014 USA Women’s U17 World Championship Team were: Madison Johnson (Mater Dei H.S./Irvine, Calif.), Kelen Kenol (East Ridge H.S./Woodbury, Minn.), Elizabeth Layne (C.E. Jordan H.S./Durham, N.C.) and Kiana Williams (Karen Wagner H.S./San Antonio, Texas); while McKenna Haire (Myers Park H.S./Charlotte, N.C.) participated in the 2013 and 2015 USA U16 National Team Trials.
Further, 39 players have taken part in one previous USA Basketball national team trials.
Victoria Oglesby (Duluth H.S./Suwanee, Ga.) participated in the 2013 USA Women’s U16 National Team Trials; while returning with experience from the 2015 USA Women’s U16 National Team Trials are: Tea Adams (Juanita H.S./Kirkland, Wash.); Celestine Akoro (O’Fallon Township H.S./O’Fallon, Ill.); Janelle Bailey (Providence Day School/Matthews, N.C.); Caitlin Bickle (Cactus Shadows H.S./Cave Creek, Ariz.); Rellah Boothe (IMG Academy/Ocala, Fla.); Jenna Brown (The Lovett School/Marietta, Ga.); Chloe Chapman (Our Lady of Good Counsel H.S./Mitchellville, Md.); Charli Collier (Barbers Hill H.S./Baytown, Texas); Amira Collins (Paul VI Catholic H.S., Va./White Plains, Md.); Danielle Cosgrove (Sachem East H.S./Holbrook, N.Y.); Skylar Curran (West Forsyth H.S./Clemmons, N.C.); Maya Dodson (St. Francis H.S./Alpharetta, Ga.); Katlyn Gilbert (Heritage Christian H.S./Indianapolis, Ind.); Alexis Gordon (L.D. Bell H.S./Fort Worth, Texas); Zarielle Green (Duncanville H.S./Dallas, Texas); Jahna Hajdukovich (Lathrop H.S./Fairbanks, Alaska); Destanni Henderson (Fort Myers H.S./Fort Myers, Fla.); Lindsey Jarosinski (Montini Catholic H.S./Medinah, Ill.); Haley Jones (Archbishop Mitty H.S./Santa Cruz, Calif.); Alana Kelley (Xavier College Prep/Phoenix, Ariz.); Taylor Kissinger (Minden H.S./Minden, Neb.); Kasiyahna Kushkituah (St. Francis H.S./Austell, Ga.); Nina Lasso (Paramus Catholic H.S./Thiells, N.Y.); Isabella Lopez (Northeast H.S./Weston, Fla.); Taylor Mikesell (Jackson H.S./Massillon, Ohio); Precious Ogbuta (Allen H.S./Allen, Texas); Olson; Ayana Peoples (Schlarman Academy/Danville, Ill.); Abby Prohaska (Lakota West H.S./Liberty Township, Ohio); Ginger Reece (Lawton H.S./Lawton, Okla.); Caira Reynolds (Greater Atlanta Christian/Stone Mountain, Ga.); Kameron Roach (Lower Richland H.S./ Hopkins, S.C.); Mykasa Robinson (Paul G. Blazer H.S./Cattlesburg, Ky.); Cameron Swartz (Fellowship Christian School/Marietta, Ga.); Kennedy Taylor (Dallas Lincoln H.S./Duncanville, Texas); Kaela Webb (Detroit Country Day/Pontiac, Mich.); Kourtney Weber (Ursuline Academy/Saint Rose, La.); Christyn Williams (Little Rock Central H.S./Little Rock, Ark.); and Zoe Young (Valley H.S./Urbandale, Iowa).
Ninety-one players will be taking part in their first USA Basketball experience.
Seven players have verbally committed to a college, including Mikayla Boykin (Clinton H.S./Clinton, N.C.) to Duke University; Caldwell to Texas Tech University; Espinoza-Hunter and Alexis Gordon to the University of Connecticut; Oglesby to the University of Dayton; Jordyn Oliver (Prosper H.S./Prosper, Texas) to Baylor University; and Alaysia Styles (San Marcos, Calif.) to the University of California.
Fifty players are from the high school class of 2017; 69 are from the class of 2018; 28 will graduate high school in 2019; and three are from the class of 2020.
Three sets of twins are listed on the roster, including Eve and Maryam Crawford (Notre Dame H.S./East Brunswick, N.J.); Lacie and Lexie Hull (Central Valley H.S./Liberty Lake, Wash.); and Caira and Shaira Young (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.).
Additionally, Alexis Gordon (L.D. Bell H.S./Fort Worth, Texas) and Myrah Gordon (Hurst J.S./Fort Worth, Texas) are sisters.
Along with the three sets of twins, who all play together in high school, teammates on the roster include: Nyah Green, Sydney Hardeman and Ogbuta (Allen H.S./Allen, Texas); Espinoza-Hunter and Scott-Grayson at Blair Academy (N.J.); Derby High School’s (Kan.) Tor’e Alford (Wichita, Kan.) and Kennedy Brown (Derby, Kan.); Destiny Pitts (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) and Webber at Detroit Country Day (Mich.); Jayla Everett (St. Louis, Mo.) and Miller at Kirkwood High School (Mo.); Te-Hina Paopao (Oceanside, Calif.) and Styles at La Jolla Country Day (Calif.); Jayda Adams and Madison Johnson at Mater Dei H.S. (Calif.); Jarosinski and Nicolette Oppenheimer (Glenview, Ill.) at Montini Catholic H.S. (Ill.); Collins and Ashley Owusu (Woodbridge, Va.) at Paul VI Catholic H.S.; Dodson and Kushkituah at St. Francis H.S. (Ga.); DeCosta, Ariel Johnson (Tracy, Calif.) and Raziya Potter (Tracy, Calif.) at St. Mary’s H.S. (Calif.); and Taylor Chavez and Kiara Edwards (Valley Vista H.S./Surprise, Ariz.).
Standing at 6-foot-7, Prince is the tallest player on the roster; while three players who are 5-foot-3 list as the shortest, including Talia Gray (Detroit Renaissance H.S./Detroit, Mich.), Alexandra Hunter (Gaylord St. Mary Cathedral School/Gaylord, Mich.) and Kennedy Taylor (Dallas Lincoln H.S./Duncanville, Texas).
Texas leads states with the most representatives at trials with 25 on the roster; followed by 18 players from California; 10 from Georgia; nine from North Carolina; eight from New York; seven from Missouri; six players apiece from New Jersey and Ohio; five players each from Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Michigan; four from Colorado, Maryland and Washington; three from Indiana and Iowa; two each from Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, Oklahoma and Virginia; and nine states feature one player, including: Alaska, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and South Dakota.