2011 USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team Announced
May 31, 2011Colorado
Following four days of trials involving 115 players at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball today announced the official 12-member roster for the 2011 USA Women's U16 National Team.
Selected to represent the USA were: Recee' Caldwell (Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S./San Antonio, Texas); Jordin Canada (Windward School/Los Angeles, Calif.); Kaela Davis (Buford H.S./Suwanee, Ga.); Rebecca Greenwell (Owensboro Catholic H.S./Owensboro, Ky.); Linnae Harper (Whitney M. Young H.S./Chicago, Ill.); Stephanie Mavunga (Brownsburg H.S./Indianapolis, Ind.); Erica McCall (Ridgeview H.S./Bakersfield, Calif.); Taya Reimer (Hamilton Southeastern H.S./Fisher, Ind.); Mercedes Russell (Springfield H.S./Springfield, Ore.); Jannah Tucker (New Town H.S./Randallstown, Md.); Sydney Umeri (The Lovett School/Acworth, Ga.); and Jatarie White (Providence Day School/Charlotte, N.C.).
The 2011 USA Women's U16 National Team will represent the U.S. in the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship June 13-18 in Mérida, Mexico. The top three finishing teams at the '11 FIBA Americas U16 Championship will earn a berth into the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship (site and date TBD). Players eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens, born on or after Jan. 1, 1995, and the team was selected by the USA Basketball Women's Developmental National Team Committee.
"This was a difficult decision for the committee because we had so many talented players, who all played with tremendous heart and determination over the past four days," said Carol Callan, USA Basketball Women's National Team Director and non-voting chair of the USA Women's Developmental National Team Committee. "We feel very confident in the 12 athletes selected, and we look forward to watching them compete in just a few weeks at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship."
"I'm just tickled to death," said USA head coach Jill Rankin Schneider (Monterey H.S., Lubbock, Texas), a four-time USA Basketball medalist and Women's Basketball Hall of Fame member. "They're really a great group of players. I think we've got an exceptional amount of versatility. We've got good size across the board. I'm just so pleased with the humility of them. There was genuine excitement, and I think they've got the base ingredient that we have to have to come together as a team in such a short time, which is that certain degree of humility, and I think that's going to be real critical."
Serving as assistant coaches are Gail Hook, head mentor at Monarch High School in Louisville, Colo., and Letitia Hughley, head coach at both Mott Community College and Flint Northern High School in Flint, Mich.
After returning home from trials on May 30, the 2011 USA Women's U16 National Team members will resume training camp June 3-11 at the USOTC, prior to the team's departure for Mexico.
The team features nine players from the class of 2013 and three players who will graduate from high school in 2014. Nine different states are represented on the roster, including two apiece from California, Georgia and Indiana.
The USA has been drawn into Group B for the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, along with Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela; while Canada, Guatemala, Mexico and Puerto Rico comprise Group A.
The U.S. opens play on June 13 at 6:00 p.m. (all times listed are local, Mérida, Mexico is -1 hour from EDT) against Brazil; followed by Argentina at 6:00 p.m. on June 14; and Venezuela at 2:00 p.m. on June 15.
The top two finishing teams from each group will advance to the medial semifinals, while the third and fourth place teams in each group will play for 5th through 8th place. The semifinals will be played on June 17, and the finals will be played on June 18.
First held in 2009, the FIBA Americas U16 Championship is conducted every other year as the zone qualifier for the FIBA U17 World Championship, and features national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. The 2009 USA U16 National team conquered all five of its opponents on its way to the gold medal at the inaugural FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Mexico City, Mexico, and the USA currently owns a 5-0 all-time record in the event.
In addition to Callan, the USA Basketball Women's Developmental National Team Committee includes AAU appointees Jody Patrick and Brian Robinson, National Federation of High School representatives Jill Meerman and Sue Phillips and athlete representative Ruthie Bolton (two-time Olympic gold medalist and a member of 11 USA Basketball teams from 1986 through 2000).
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body (NGB) for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized NGB for basketball in the United States by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
Since 2008, USA Basketball men's and women's teams have compiled a sterling 96-2 win-loss record in FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions. USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics, FIBA World Championships; U19 and U17 FIBA World Championships; and U18 and U16 FIBA Americas championships. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.
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