May 8, 2007
USA Basketball will conduct the 2007 Women’s Junior National and National Team Trials in order to select finalists for three USA Basketball squads-the U19 World Championship Team, U21 World Championship Team and Pan American Games Team. Trials for all three teams will take place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in
While hopefuls for the U21 World Championship and Pan American Games National Teams will conduct trials together, trials for the U19 World Championship Team are expected to take place independently. Finalists for the three squads will be named following trials, with official 12-member rosters determined prior to their respective competitions.
“Our expectations in the
“I’m very excited to see how the players that won gold last year have improved. Now that they have experienced a year of USA Basketball competition, I’m looking forward to observing their dedication to the
Bruno will be assisted by collegiate head coaches Cynthia Cooper of
Serving as trials court coaches are Jacques Curtis of Shaw University (N.C.), Donnita Drain of
In addition to Appel and Moore, also returning from the 2006 squad that captured a perfect 4-0 record and the gold medal at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship are: Vicky Baugh (Sacramento H.S./Sacramento, Calif.); Kelley Cain (St. Pius X Catholic H.S./Atlanta, Ga.); Nikitta Gartrell (North Carolina State/Atlanta, Ga.); Jantel Lavender (Cleveland Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio); Italee Lucas (Centennial H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.); Kayla Pedersen (Red Mountain H.S./Fountain Hills, Ariz.); Brittainey Raven (Texas/Fort Worth, Texas); and Khadijah Rushdan (St. Elizabeth H.S./Wilmington, Del.).
The 26 additional invitees include: Ashley Barlow (Notre Dame/Indianapolis, Ind.); Angie Bjorklund (University H.S./Spokane, Wash.); Jessica Breland (North Carolina/Kelford, N.C.); Allyssa DeHaan (Michigan State/Grandville, Mich.); Elena Delle Donne (Ursuline Academy/Wilmington, Del.); Lorin Dixon (Christ the King H.S./Middle Village, N.Y.); Allison Hightower (Louisiana State/Arlington, Texas); Quanitra Hollingsworth (Virginia Commonwealth/Chesapeake, Va.); Alison Jackson (Fenwick H.S./Oak Park, Ill.); Amy Jaeschke (New Trier H.S./Wilmette, Ill.); Brittany Johnson (East Richland H.S./Olney, Ill.); Melissa Lechlitner (Notre Dame/ Mishawaka, Ind.); Demauria Liles (Gulf Coast Community College/Suitland, Md.); Taylor Lilley (Oregon/ Stevenson Ranch, Calif.); Christy Marshall (Georgia/Savannah, Ga.); Drey Mingo (Marist School/Atlanta, Ga.); Porsha Phillips (Louisiana State/Stone Mountain, Ga.); Jeanette Pohlen (Brea Olinda H.S./Brea, Calif.); Danielle Robinson (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose, Calif.); Sydney Smallbone (St. Joseph’s H.S./Granger, Ind.); Marah Strickland (Towson Catholic H.S./Mt. Airy, Md.); Jasmine Thomas (Oakton H.S./Fairfax, Va.); Krystal Thomas (The First Academy/Orlando, Fla.); Natasha Vital (California/Stockton, Calif.); Danielle Wilson (Baylor/Bay Shore, N.Y.); and Monica Wright (Virginia/ Woodbridge, Va.).
In all, 20 athletes recently completed their final year of high school eligibility, 16 will be college sophomores in 2007-08 and one will be a college junior in the fall. The 17 collegiate athletes hail from 15 schools and eight different conferences. While Hollingsworth will be a college junior in 2007-08, Appel, Barlow, Breland, DeHaan, Gartrell, Hightower, Lechlitner, Liles, Lilley, Marshall, Monroe, Phillips, Raven, Vital, Wilson and Wright will be college sophomores.
Among the 26 invitees with previous USA Basketball experience, 15 attended in the 2006 USA U18 National Team Trials, including Breland, Delle Donne, Hightower, Hollingsworth, Jackson, Jaeschke, Johnson, Marshall, Mingo, Phillips, Robinson, Smallbone, Jasmine Thomas, Wilson and Wright.
Nine athletes also donned a
With current players from seven NCAA conferences and one NJCAA conference, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) leads the way with four representatives; the Pac-10 and Southeastern Conference (SEC) boast of three athletes each; the Big East Conference and Big 12 Conference have two players on the invitee list; and the Big Ten Conference, Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and Panhandle Conference (NJCAA) each have one player.
Of the 17 athletes who competed at the college level in 2006-07, 12 earned postseason conference honors. Wright was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and Monroe was selected to the ACC All-Freshman team; Barlow and Lechlitner were selected to the Big East All-Freshman team; Hollingsworth received All-CAA second team honors; Appel was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Vital listed on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team and Lilley earned Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention; the SEC All-Freshman team included Hightower and Marshall, who also was the SEC Co-6th Woman of the Year; DeHaan captured Big Ten Freshman of the Year, All-Big Ten second team and All-Big Ten Defensive Team honors; and Wilson was named to the Big 12 All-Rookie Team.
Of the 20 females who completed their high school careers in 2006-07, 12 were recognized by USA Today, including the 2007 USA Today, Naismith and Gatorade Girls High School Player of the Year,
The entire 10-member Parade Magazine All-America first team will attend trials, including Baugh, Bjorklund, Delle Donne, Lavender, Lucas, Moore, Pedersen, Jasmine Thomas, Krystal Thomas and Rushdan. Listed on the second team were Cain, Jaeschke, Pohlen and Strickland;
Representing the East Team at the 2007 McDonald’s All-America Game were Cain,
Gatorade honored 12 trials participants as a State Player of the Year, including Bjorklund (Washington), Dixon (New York), Johnson (Illinois), Lavender (Ohio), Lucas (Nevada), Moore (Georgia), Pedersen (Arizona), Pohlen (California), Rushdan (Delaware), Strickland (Maryland), Jasmine Thomas (Virginia) and Krystal Thomas (Florida).
Born Jan. 7, 1988, Strickland is the oldest athlete, while Jasmine Thomas, born Sept. 30, 1989, is the youngest. At 5-4 Lorin Dixon is the shortest in the group, and the 6-9 DeHaan is the tallest.
Team Trials Schedule
Thursday, May 17
4:30 p.m. Session I USOTC Sports Center II
Friday, May 18
8:30 a.m. Session II USOTC Sports Center II
4:00 p.m. Session III USOTC Sports Center II
Saturday, May 19
8:30 a.m. Session IV USOTC Sports Center II
4:00 p.m. Session V USOTC Sports Center II
Sunday, May 20
8:30 a.m. Session VI USOTC Sports Center II
TBD Announcement of
NOTE: All times listed are local, Mountain Daylight Time. Trials sessions last approximately two hours and are subject to change.