39 players invited to USA U17 trials
Asia Durr and Katie Lou Samuelson, the top two scorers on the USA U16 team that won a gold medal last summer in Mexico, headline the list of 39 players who were invited to attend the U17 trials next month in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Durr, an undeclared 5-foot-10 point guard from St. Pius X (Atlanta), was named MVP at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship after averaging 18.4 points per game. Samuelson, an undeclared 6-3 wing from Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), added 16 points per game.
U17 team trials will be held May 22-26. The squad will then travel to the Czech Republic to compete at the June 28-July 6 FIBA U17 World Championship.
In addition to Durr and Samuelson, other players from last year's U16 squad that went 5-0 in Mexico who were invited to trials are DeJanae Boykin, Kalani Brown, Chassity Carter, Lauren Cox, Crystal Dangerfield, Chelsea Dungee, Sabrina Ionescu, Nancy Mulkey, Taylor Murray and Arike Ogunbowale.
Back from the 2013 trials will be Tori McCoy, Erin Boley, Jaelyn Brown, Kennedy Burke, Amari Carter, Natalie Chou, Te'a Cooper, Nicole Ekhomu, Kysre Gondrezick, Ashley Hearn, Joyner Holmes, Stephanie Jones, Krystaline McCune, Teniya Page, Amber Ramirez, Caliya Robinson, Kylee Shook, Celeste West and Anna Wilson.
In addition to the 39 invitees, USA Basketball also opened trials to applicant athletes. The deadline for applicant athletes was April 11, and the roster of players attending trials will be announced this month.
The team will be coached by Sue Phillips of Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.). Her assistants will be Mary Coyle Klinger of Rutgers Prep and Brian Robinson of Bishop McGuinness.