USA Basketball released the 26-player roster that will compete for the 12 roster spots on the U18 national team. All of the invitees find themselves in the ESPNU HoopGurlz 100 in either the 2010 class or the 2011 class.Glenn Nelson/ESPN.comAlyssa Thomas, the No. 7 overall player in the HoopGurlz 100, was invited to Team USA's U18 trials.
The 2010 class top-ranked prospect and Stanford signee, Chiney Ogwumike of Cypress, Texas, headlines the talented pool of players. Other top-25 prospects from the senior class include Kaneisha Horn (No. 5) from Birmingham, Ala., Richa Jackson (6) from Midwest City, Okla., Alyssa Thomas (7) from Harrisburg, Pa., Karla Gilbert (9) from College Station, Texas, Cassie Harberts (11) of San Clemente, Calif., Bria Hartley (14), from North Babylon, N.Y., Afure Jemerigbe (15) of Stockton, Calif., Sara James (18) of El Dorado Hills, Calif., Haley Peters (19) of Red Bank, N.J., Kayla McBride (20) of Erie, Pa., Laurin Mincy (23) of Newark, N.J., and Meighan Simmons (24) of Cibolo, Texas.
Eight invitees are ranked among the top 70 in the class of 2011 by ESPN HoopGurlz, including six ranked in the top 40 -- Morgan Jones (No. 11) from Altamonte Springs, Fla., Cassie Peoples (21) of Houston, Reshanda Gray (25) of Los Angeles, Brittany Boyd (30) of Berkeley, Calif., Amber Orrange (35) of Houston, and Raven Ferguson (39) of Columbus, Ohio.
In the 2011 class, 16 additional prospects were invited to the U17 World Championships Team trials, which will be held at the same time as the U18 National Team trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. FIBA classifications are based on date of birth and thus the 2011 class has players participating in both team trials.
University of Hartford head coach Jennifer Rizzotti and assistants Sue Semrau (Florida State), and Joi Williams (Central Florida) will lead the eventual 12-player roster against the best teams in the Americas, June 23-27, for a potential bid to next year's U19 World Championships.
Rizzotti, a graduate of Connecticut in 1996, will find three future Huskies vying for a spot on her team -- Stefanie Dolson of Port Jervis, N.Y., ranked No. 39 in the 2010 class, Hartley and Walker. The coaches are not on the selection panel.
While the Connecticut Huskies lead all schools in the number of recruits invited, four other schools have two players invited to trials -- California, Duke, Maryland and Stanford.
USA Basketball U18 National Team Trials Roster Name Class Pos Height Home Town College Choice Brittany Boyd 2011 PG 5-9 Berkeley, Calif. Undecided Ariya Crook-Williams 2011 PG 5-7 Long Beach, Calif. Undecided Stefanie Dolson 2010 P 6-5 Port Jervis, N.Y. Connecticut Raven Ferguson 2011 G 5-11 Columbus, Ohio Undecided Karla Gilbert 2010 P 6-4 College Station, Texas Texas A&M Reshanda Gray 2011 F 6-3 Los Angeles, Calif. Undecided Cassie Harberts 2010 F 6-2 San Clemente, Calif. Southern Cal Bria Hartley 2010 PG 5-7 North Babylon, N.Y. Connecticut Kaneisha Horn 2010 W 6-1 Birmingham, Ala. Alabama Richa Jackson 2010 W 6-1 Midwest City, Okla. Duke Sara James 2010 G 5-10 El Dorado Hills, Calif. Stanford Afure Jemerigbe 2010 G 5-11 Stockton, Calif. California Morgan Jones 2011 F 6-2 Altamonte Springs, Fla. Undecided Allyson Malott 2011 F 6-3 Middleton, Ohio Undecided Kayla McBride 2010 G 5-11 Erie, Pa. Notre Dame Shanece McKinney 2010 P 6-4 Mobile, Ala. LSU Laurin Mincy 2010 G 6-0 Newark, N.J. Maryland Chiney Ogwumike 2010 F 6-3 Cypress, Texas Stanford Amber Orrange 2011 PG 5-7 Houston, Texas Undecided Erica Payne 2011 F 6-2 Danville, Calif. Undecided Cassie Peoples 2011 PG 5-6 Houston, Texas Texas Haley Peters 2010 F 6-3 Red Bank, N.J. Duke Theresa Plaisance 2010 P 6-5 Marrero, La. LSU Lindsay Sherbert 2010 W 6-1 Temecula, Calif. California Meighan Simmons 2010 G 5-9 Cibolo, Texas Tennessee Alyssa Thomas 2010 G 6-1 Harrisburg, Pa. Maryland Samarie Walker 2010 F 6-1 West Carrollton, Ohio Connecticut
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