May 7, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. -
Headlined by seven players returning from the gold medal winning 2008 USA U18 National Team, USA Basketball announced today that 27 of the nation's top 19-and-under athletes have accepted invitations to attend the 2009 USA Basketball Women's U19 World Championship Team Trials. Athlete invitations were extended by the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee, chaired by NCAA representative Sue Donohoe (Vice President for Division I Women's Basketball).
Trials to select finalists for the '09 U19 squad will be held May 14-17 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Training camp will begin on July 8 in Colorado Springs, and the eventual 12-member roster will be announced prior to the team departing for Thailand. Two-time defending FIBA U19 World Championship gold medalists, the USA will look to capture its third straight gold medal at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship, scheduled for July 23 - Aug. 2 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Kelsey Bone (Dulles H.S. /Stafford, Texas); Sarah Boothe (Stanford / Gurnee, Ill.); Skylar Diggins (Washington H.S. / South Bend, Ind.); Kelly Faris (Heritage Christian H.S. / Plainfield, Ind.); Nneka Ogwumike (Stanford / Cypress, Texas); Samantha Prahalis (Ohio State / Dix Hills, N.Y.) and Nikki Speed (Rutgers / Pasadena, Calif.) helped the U.S. qualify for this year's U19 Worlds by claiming the gold medal at the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, and will return in an attempt to make this summer's roster.
Also included on the list of trials participants are: LaSondra Barrett (Louisiana State / Jackson, Miss.); Sydney Carter (Texas A&M / DeSoto, Texas); Layshia Clarendon (Cajon H.S. / San Bernadino, Calif.); Nikki Greene (Diboll H.S. / Diboll, Texas); Keisha Hampton (DePaul / Philadelphia, Pa.); Tayler Hill (South H.S. / Minneapolis, Minn.); Shenise Johnson (Miami, Fla. / Henrietta, N.Y.); Kierra Mallard (Texas Tech / Dallas, Texas); Lindsey Moore (Kentwood H.S. / Covington, Wash.); Atonye Nyingifa (UCLA / Torrance, Calif.); C'eira Ricketts (Arkansas / Louisville, Ky.); Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (T.C. Williams H.S. / Alexandria, Va.); Chay Shegog (North Carolina / Stafford, Va.); Andrea Smith (Gulf Coast C.C. / Lakeland, Fla.); Taber Spani (Metro Academy / Lee's Summit, Mo.); Da'Shena Stevens (St. John's / Stamford, Conn.); Markel Walker (Schenley H.S. / Pittsburgh, Pa.); Samarie Walker (Chaminade-Julienne H.S. / Dayton, Ohio); Destiny Williams (Benton Harbor H.S. / Benton Harbor, Mich.); and Shawnice Wilson (Pittsburgh / Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Clarendon will be in Colorado Springs trying to make the U19 team at the same time that current Cal players Alexis Gray-Lawson and Natasha Vital will be trying out for the USA Women's World University Games team.