Two USA Medalists Added to 2019 USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team Trials Roster
Two previous USA Basketball medalists, Honesty Scott-Grayson (Baylor/Brick, N.J.) and Kylee Watson (Mainland Regional H.S./Linwood, N.J.), have been added to the 2019 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team trials roster, bringing the list of athletes who will participate in the May 16-19 trials to 31.
Scott-Grayson was a member of the 2015 USA U16 National Team that posted a 4-1 record and returned from the FIBA Americas U16 Championship with the bronze medal. Two years later Watson competed in the FIBA Americas U16s and helped the 2017 USA U16 National Team to a perfect 5-0 slate and a gold medal. Last year Watson was named as one of 45 finalists for the 2018 USA U17 World Cup Team.
Invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by George Washington University head coach Jennifer Rizzotti.
Trials to select the 12-member team will be held at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Training camp will follow July 5-19, with the U19 World Cup competition taking place July 20-28 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Players eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens, born on or after Jan. 1, 2000.
Previously announced as taking part in the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team trials were: Shakira Austin (Maryland/Fredericksburg, Va.); Francesca Belibi (Regis H.S./Centennial, Colo.); Aijha Blackwell (Cadinal Ritter H.S./Berkeley, Mo.); Aliyah Boston (Worcester Academy, Mass./St. Thomas, USVI); Cameron Brink (Southridge H.S./Beaverton, Ore.); Jenna Brown (Stanford/Atlanta, Ga.); Paige Bueckers (Hopkins H.S./St. Louis Park, Minn.); Chrislyn Carr (Texas Tech/Davenport, Iowa); Caitlin Clark (Dowling Catholic H.S./West Des Moines, Iowa); Nia Clouden (Michigan State/Owings Mills, Md.); Elissa Cunane (North Carolina State/Northern Guilford, N.C.); Maori Davenport (Charles Henderson H.S./Troy, Ala.); Aquira DeCosta (Baylor/Stockton, Calif.); Elizabeth Dixon (Louisville/Germantown, Tenn.); Queen Egbo (Baylor/Houston, Texas); Shaylee Gonzales (BYU/Gilbert, Ariz.); Aubrey Griffin (Ossining H.S./ Ossining, N.Y.); Naz Hillmon-Baker (Michigan/Cleveland, Ohio); Rhyne Howard (Kentucky/Cleveland, Tenn.); Ashley Joens (Iowa State/Iowa City, Iowa); Haley Jones (Archbishop Mitty H.S./Santa Cruz, Calif.); Diamond Miller (Franklin H.S./Somerset, N.J.); Jordan Nixon (Notre Dame/New York, N.Y.); Charisma Osborne (Windward School/Inglewood, Calif.); Abby Prohaska (Notre Dame/Liberty Township, Ohio); Taylor Robertson (Oklahoma/McPherson, Kan.); Nalyssa Smith (Baylor/Converse, Texas); Celeste Taylor (Long Island Lutheran/Valley Stream, N.Y.) and Hailey Van Lith (Cashmere H.S./Wenatchee, Wash.).
Serving as head coach for the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team is Jeff Walz (Louisville), and collegiate head coaches Natasha Adair (Delaware) and Cori Close (UCLA) are the USA’s assistant coaches.
All 30 athletes also are eligible for the 2019 U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Basketball Team. Trials for that squad also take place May 16-20 at the USOTC in Colorado Springs.
In addition to Rizzotti, the USA Junior National Team includes 2008 Olympic gold medalist Kara Lawson as the athletic representative; and collegiate head coaches Karen Aston (Texas), Tonya Cardoza (Temple) and Wes Moore (North Carolina State) as the NCAA representatives.
FIBA U19 World Cup for Women
Originally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, the tournament was held every four years starting in 1985. FIBA changed its calendar in 2005 and now conducts the U19 World Cup every other year.
USA women’s teams are 79-13 in U19/Junior World Cups, capturing a sixth-consecutive gold in 2015 with a 7-0 record. In 2017, USA Basketball fell four points short against Russia in the gold medal game in an attempt to capture a seventh-straight gold medal.
No. 1 in FIBA’s world youth women’s rankings, the USA in 2019 will play in preliminary round Group C and opens the competition July 20 against No. 7 Australia, followed by a July 21 contest against No. 15 South Korea. After a rest day, the USA will cap preliminary games July 23 against No. 14 Hungary.
Group A includes Canada, Latvia, Mozambique and Thailand; Group B features Argentina, Belgium, China and Mali; and drawn into Group D were Colombia, Germany, Japan and Spain.
Following the preliminary round, all teams will advance to the July 24 round of 16. The winners of the round of 16 will advance to the July 26 medal quarterfinals, and the losers will play out for ninth-16th places. The semifinals will be played on July 27, and the gold and bronze medal games on July 28.
Notable players to represent the U.S. include: Angela Aycock (1993), Alana Beard (2001), Essence Carson (2005), Tamika Catchings (1997), Crystal Dangerfield (2015, 2017), Ruthy Hebard (2017), Crystal Langhorne (2005), Erlana Larkins (2005), Jantel Lavender (2007), Lisa Leslie (1989), Rebecca Lobo (1993), Maya Moore (2007), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2009), Vickie Orr (1985), Courtney Paris (2005), Cappie Pondexter (2001), Katie Smith (1993), Dawn Staley (1989), Azura Stevens (2015), Breanna Stewart (2011 and MVP of the 2013 U19 World Cup), Diana Taurasi (2001), Morgan Tuck (2011 and 2013) and A’ja Wilson (2013 and MVP of the 2015 U19 World Cup).