2016 USA Women's Medalists Transitioning Well To Collegiate Hoops
The 2016 USA U18 National Teams, among other junior USA squads, might have been lost in the Olympic hype last summer, but that doesn’t mean the teams didn’t have their fair share of talented athletes and coaches. Both the USA men’s and women’s U18 teams captured gold in Valdivia, Chile, with perfect 5-0 records. Washington freshman Markelle Fultz was tabbed MVP of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men, while Baylor freshman Lauren Cox earned MVP honors in the women’s U18 tournament.
Additionally, Markus Howard and Austin Wiley, who helped the 2016 USA U17 World Championship Team to gold, graduated high school early and are currently competing collegiately.
In 3x3 play, the USA 3x3 U18 World Championship Team, featuring current college freshmen Jaelyn Brown and Amber Ramirez, returned home with the silver medal.
While not comprised of college freshmen, it’s also worth mentioning that the 2016 USA 3x3 World Championship Team, made up of Linnae Harper, Alexis Jennings, Natalie Romeo and Chatrice White claimed bronze and are all on NCAA Division I rosters after transferring from their former D1 programs last season.
Now that the summer has passed and the collegiate season is in full swing, USA Basketball took a look at how the men’s and women’s staff is faring with their respective collegiate programs, as well as how the USA men’s and women’s freshmen who are playing for NCAA Division I programs have transitioned to the college level as we head into the holiday break.
Below is our women’s update. Check out our men’s update, posted on Dec. 22.
USA Coaching Staff
USA U18 Women’s National Team assistant coach Kamie Ethridge (Northern Colorado)
- The UNC Bears are off to an 8-3 start to the season, including a 4-1 record at home, after posting a 13-16 record in 2015-16.
USA U18 Women’s National Team head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio (Pitt)
- The Pitt Panthers, which finished the 2015-16 season 13-18, have compiled a 9-3 record heading into the holiday break.
USA U18 Women’s National Team assistant coach Charlotte Smith (Elon)
- The Elon Phoenix have a 7-4 record heading into a week-long break. However, three of those losses came at the hands of Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest. The three losses were between 5-10 points, including a 68-61 loss to then-No. 21 Duke.
2016 USA U17/U18 and 3x3 U18 Atheltes
Jeannie Boehm (Harvard)
- Averaged 7.8 ppg. and 7.2 rpg., while shooting 72.7 percent from the field on the 2016 USA U18 National Team.
- Averaging 7.4 ppg., 7.1 rpg. and 2.8 bpg. for the 9-1 Crimson.
- Earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Dec. 12, after recording her second double-double of the season, 12 points and 10 boards, in a 69-59 victory over Kansas.
- Ranked 11th nationally for blocked shots per game and 23rd for total blocked shots (27), as of Dec. 20.
Jaelyn Brown (California)
- Averaged 1.9 ppg. over seven games as a member of the 2016 USA 3x3 U18 World Championship Team.
- Averaging 5.3 ppg. and 3.0 rpg. for the 12-0 Golden Bears, which are ranked No. 20 on the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Lauren Cox (Baylor)
- Averaged 13.0 ppg., 10.3 rpg. and 3.5 bpg. on the 2016 USA U18 National Team, en route to tournament MVP honors.
- Averaging 8.4 ppg., 4.2 rpg. and 1.3 bpg. with one start for the 11-1 Bears, which are listed No. 3 on the Associated Press and No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches Poll rankings
- Earned two Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Week honors, her second coming Dec. 19 after posting career-highs of 23 points and four blocked shots in leading Baylor to a 140-32 victory over Winthrop.
Tyasha Harris (South Carolina)
- Averaged 10.6 ppg. and a team-high 5.4 apg. on the 2016 USA U18 National Team.
- Averaging 4.6 ppg., 1.3 rpg. and 2.2 apg. with one start for the No. 6 Gamecocks, which are 10-1 to start the season and have four wins against ranked teams.
Ruthy Hebard (Oregon)
- Averaged 8.0 ppg. and 6.3 rpg., while shooting 64.3 percent on the 2016 USA U18 National Team.
- Owns the best field goal percentage among NCAA Division I women after shooting 68-of-92 from the field for 74.7 percent heading into Oregon’s holiday break (through 12/20/16).
- Averaging 13.8 ppg. and 8.7 rpg. and has four double-doubles in helping Oregon to a 10-2 record.
- Named Pacific-12 Conference Freshman of the Week on Nov. 19 after averaging 21.7 ppg. and 11.3 rpg. in three games.
- Posted career-highs of 28 points and 17 rebounds against Portland State on Nov. 17.
Valerie Higgins (Southern California)
- Averaged 6.0 ppg. and 4.4 rpg. on the 2016 USA U18 National Team.
- Averaging 4.9 ppg., 2.2 rpg. and 2.2 apg. for the 9-2 Trojans.
Amber Ramirez (TCU)
- Averaged 10.8 ppg. and 2.0 apg. on the 2016 USA U18 National Team.
- Averaged 4.9 ppg. over seven games on the 2016 USA 3x3 U18 World Championship Team.
- Played in eight games with five starts and averaged 9.6 ppg. for the 8-3 Horned Frogs.
- Named Big 12 Conference Co-Freshman of the Week on Dec. 5 after averaging 12.5 ppg. in a pair of games, including scoring a season-high 19 points against Butler.
- Missed TCU’s last three games due to an injury to her lower left leg.
2016 USA 3x3 World Championship Team (5-2, bronze medal)
Linnae Harper (Ohio State)
- Ranked 12th among 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championship leaders for points scored with 27 (3.9 ppg.) over seven games.
- After transferring last season, played her first game in a OSU uniform on Dec. 19 and
- Averaging 9.3 ppg., 6.0 rpg. and 2.0 apg. over three games for the No. 12/13 Buckeyes, which are 10-4 heading into the break.
Natalie Romeo (Washington)
- Ranked ninth among 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championship leaders for points scored with 31 (4.4 ppg.) over seven games.
- Started 10 of 12 games and is averaging 10.7 ppg., 1.3 rpg. and 1.4 apg. for the 11-1 and No. 9 Huskies.
- Hit seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 21 points versus Portland on Nov. 27.
Chatrice White (Florida State)
- Ranked 14th among 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championship leaders for points scored with 26 (3.7 ppg.) over seven games.
- Averaging 8.4 ppg. and 4.5 rpg. for the 12-1 Seminoles, who are on an 11-game winning streak and ranked No. 7 nationally.
Alexis Jennings (South Carolina)
- Ranked third among 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championship leaders for points scored with 46 (6.6 ppg.) over seven games.
- Sitting out the 2016-17 season due to transfer rules.
Check out the gold medal games from the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women, highlights from the 2016 USA Women's 3x3 World Championship Team and the 2016 USA Womens 3x3 U18 World Championship Team!