Understanding the national team trials

Updated: June 1, 2011, 4:42 PM ET
By Mark Lewis | HoopGurlz

When USA Basketball added a U16 age group two years ago, it added a new dynamic to the collegiate recruiting calendar and process. Before, those scholastic athletes who were invited to the trials were elite, established players who hardly needed any extra attention from college recruiters.

This year the more than 120 participants in the U16 trials and seven of the hopefuls for the U19 team were part of the 2012 class or younger and have yet to sign National Letters of Intent. Many have ...

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