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33 Newcomers to Join Two Returnees at USA Basketball U16 Women’s National Team Trials

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Photo Caption: Diamond DeShields is among the 35 prep standouts who have been invited to participate in May’s trials for the 2011 USA Basketball U16 Women’s National Team. DeShields, one of two out of the 35 with previous USA Basketball experience, averaged 9.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.4 steals in just 14.2 minutes per game, as the youngest member of the U18 team that won gold for the U.S. in last year’s FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

Photo Credit: Courtesy USA Basketball/Steve Maikoski

By Lee Michaelson

Thirty-three newcomers will join 2010 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team gold medalist Diamond DeShields (Norcross H.S./Norcross, Ga.) and 2010 USA U17/Youth Olympic Games Team Trials participant Kaela Davis (Buford H.S./Suwanee, Ga.), at the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team Trials, scheduled to take place from May 26 through May 30 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

While these 35 top teen prospects have already been invited to participate in the U16 trials, the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee has also extended the deadline for applications to attend the trial through May 10.  A maximum of 200 participants will be invited to participate.

To be eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens, born on or after January 1, 1995. The Developmental National Team Committee, chaired in a non-voting capacity by Carol Callan, USA Basketball Women’s National Team Director, will be responsible for all facets of trials and team selection. More information on a trials application can be found at http://www.usabasketball.com/misc/wu16_player_consideration_form.pdf.

“We are very excited to welcome so many new athletes into the USA Basketball family and to have Diamond and Kaela back,” said Callan. “At this age, a big part of the experience is learning about USA Basketball and what we expect of our players. We expect trials to be very competitive, and I look forward to seeing the talent, athleticism and determination on display in Colorado Springs.”

The 2011 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team will be selected on May 30, the final day of the trials. All athletes will return home before the 12 team members selected return to the U.S. Olympic Training Center to resume training camp from June 3-11.

The team will then depart for the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, which will take place June 13-18 in Mérida, Mexico. Not only will a gold medal be at stake, but the top four finishers in 2011 will qualify for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship (site and date still to be determined).

The 2011 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team will be led by Women’s Basketball Hall-of-Famer Jill Rankin Schneider (Monterey H.S., Lubbock, Texas). Schneider, who earned four USA Basketball gold medals as a player, will be assisted on the sidelines by Gail Hook (Monarch H.S., Louisville, Colo.) and Letitia Hughley (Flint Northern H.S. and Mott Community College, Flint, Mich.). While this will be the first time Schneider and her assistants have coached a team in a FIBA or FIBA Americas competition, all three have previous experience as head or assistant coaches within the USA Basketball developmental program. Schneider led the 1982 USA Women’s Select Team to a 2-1 record in Bolivia, Hook was an assistant coach for the USA Red Team that finished 3-2 at the 2005 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival and Hughley helped the USA North team to a 5-0 record as an assistant coach in 2002 Youth Development Festival.

“The committee is thrilled to have an accomplished and experienced coach in Jill Rankin Schneider to lead this group of young women,” said Callan, in a statement released by USA Basketball. “Together with assistant coaches Gail Hook and Letitia Hughley, we feel confident that the priorities of USA Basketball, such as teamwork, hard work and excellence, will be demonstrated for and expected of these young athletes - both during the trials and throughout the competition.”

While 33 athletes will be new to USA Basketball, both Davis and DeShields attended the 2010 USA Basketball Women’s U17/Youth Olympic Games Team Trials. Neither made the cut for either of those teams, but DeShields in essence got a bump up a level when she was selected to play for the USA Women’s U18 National Team in the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which was held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. As the youngest member of the team, she averaged a team third-best 9.0 points per game to go along with 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals in just 14.2 minutes per game to help the USA to a gold medal and 5-0 record. The first-place finish also qualified the USA for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship.

Those having accepted invitations to the U16 trials include:

2011 USA Basketball U16 Women’s National Team Trials Participants
Class of 2013
Player Position Height Weight DOB High School Hometown
Alaina CoatesC6-420804/07/95Dutch Fork H.S.Irmo, SC
Kendall CooperC6-31908/19/95St. Anthony H.S.Carson, CA
Kaela DavisG/F6-21603/15/95Buford H.S.Suwanee, GA
Diamond DeShieldsG6-11553/5/95Norcross H.S.Norcross, GA
Makayla EppsG5-101706/06/95Marion County H.S.Lebanon, KY
Allisha GrayG5-111501/12/95Washington County H.S.Sandersville, GA
Rebecca GreenwellG6-11652/27/95Owensboro Catholic H.S.Owensboro, KY
Linnae HarperG5-71401/31/95Whitney M. Young H.S.Chicago, IL
Jessica JacksonF6-21627/06/95Jacksonville H.S.Jacksonville, AR
Stephanie MavungaG6-318402/24/95Brownsburg H.S.Indianapolis, IN
Erica McCallF6-31708/21/95Ridgeview H.S.Bakersfield, CA
Taya ReimerF6-31808/24/95Hamilton Southeastern H.S.Fishers, IN
Mercedes RussellC6-51697/27/95Springfield H.S.Springfield, OR
Karlie SamuelsonG6-01555/10/95Edison H.S.Huntington Beach, CA
Jannah TuckerG6-01755/17/95New Town H.S.Randallstown, MD
Sydney UmeriF6-116510/02/95The Lovett SchoolAcworth, GA
Kendall WatersF6-1—-4/18/95Bishop O’Dowd H.S.San Ramon, CA
Class of 2014
Player Position Height Weight DOB High School Hometown
Recee’ CaldwellG5-81359/09/96Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S.San Antonio, TX
Sierra CalhounG6-01455/07/96Christ the King Regional H.S.Brooklyn,  N.Y.
McKenzie CalvertG5-91401/31/96Byron P. Steele II H.S.Schertz, TX
Jordin CanadaG5-61328/11/95Windward SchoolLos Angeles, CA
LaJahna DrummerG/F6-2—-3/28/96St. Bernard H.S.Los Angeles, CA
Courtney EkmarkG6-01354/08/95Saint Mary’s Catholic H.S.Phoenix, AZ
Mackenzie EngramF6-216511/29/95Hillgrove H.S.Powder Springs, GA
Gabrielle GreenG6-014810/18/95Saint Mary’s College H.S.Oakland, CA
Taryn GriffeyG5-612010/21/95Dr. Phillips H.S.Windermere, FL
Erin MathiasC6-31659/15/95Fox Chapel Area H.S.Pittsburgh, PA
Kelsey MitchellG5-7—-11/12/95Princeton H.S.Cincinnati, OH
Jaime NaredG6-11709/14/95Westview H.S.Portland, OR
Alyssa RiceC6-217011/13/95Reynoldsburg H.S.Reynoldsburg, OH
Chastity TaylorG5-91452/06/96St. Anthony’s H.S.Islandia, NY
Brianna TurnerG/F6-31507/05/96Westbury Christian SchoolPearland, TX
Mikayla VensonG5-71357/31/96Yorktown H.S.Arlington, VA
Makayla WatermanC6-21707/25/95Kettering Fairmont H.S.Dayton, OH
Jatarie WhiteC6-31856/22/95Providence Day SchoolCharlotte, NC

Fourteen-year-old Caldwell, born Sept. 9, 1996,  is the youngest athlete on the list, while Gray, born Jan. 12, 1995 is the oldest of the 16-year-olds. Listed at 6-5, Russell is the tallest, while the two shortest – Canada and Griffey—stand 5-6.

As things stand currently, 17 states will be sending representatives to the trials, led by seven players from California; five from Georgia; three from both Ohio and Texas; two athletes apiece from Indiana, Kentucky, New York and Oregon; and one player from the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

Originally published Tue, April 19, 2011

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