2015 USA U19 World Championship team announced
USA Basketball announced the 2015 USA U19 World Championship team. The USA squad is on a quest to capture a sixth-consecutive gold medal at the U19 Worlds, will compete in the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship, hosted from July 18-26 in Chekhov, Russia.
The team was selected by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee following three days of trials that featured 34 athletes age 19-and-under (born on or after Jan. 1, 1996), May 14-16, at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The USA team will regroup for training June 30-July 7 at the USOTC prior to traveling to Alicante, Spain, to compete in a round-robin tournament July 11-13 against U19 national teams from Australia, Canada and Spain prior to arriving in Russia for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship.
- Napheesa Collier (Incarnate Word Academy/O’Fallon, Mo.)
- Mariya Moore (Louisville/Richmond, Calif.).
- Kristine Anigwe(Desert Vista H.S./Phoenix, Ariz.)
- Lauren Cox (Flower Mound H.S./Flower Mound, Texas)
- Crystal Dangerfield (Blackman H.S./Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
- Asia Durr (St. Pius X Catholic H.S./Douglasville, Ga.)
- Katie Lou Samuelson (Mater Dei H.S./Huntington Beach, Calif.).
- Gabbi Ortiz (Oklahoma/Racine, Wis.)
- Azurá Stevens(Duke/Raleigh, N.C.)
- Shakayla Thomas (Florida State/Sylacauga, Ala.)
- Chatrice White(Illinois/Shelby, Neb.).
- A’ja Wilson (South Carolina/Hopkins, S.C.)
- Alternate: Ali Patberg (Columbus North H.S./Columbus, Ind.)
Head coach: Dawn Staley (South Carolina)
Assistant coaches: Kim Barnes Arico (Michigan), Jeff Walz (Louisville)
“I like our team,” said USA U19 head coach Dawn Staley. “I thought the committee did a great job of putting a great team together. This is a very versatile team. A lot of players can play different positions. I’m looking forward to working with all of them. We have great point guard play, we’ve got a great perimeter play, we’ve got a lot of length and size, and I look forward to June 30 when we get back together.”
Cox, Dangerfield, Durr, and Samuelson competed on the 2013 USA U16 National Team that won gold at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship and qualified the U.S. to compete in the 2014 U17 Worlds. Collier and Samuelson teamed up for the USA and claimed gold at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, a 3×3 basketball event, and Samuelson earned her first 3×3 gold medal as a member of the 2013 USA 3×3 U18 World Championship Team. In addition to the athletes who won gold medals playing for USA Basketball, Patberg (2014 U18) and Stevens (2014 U18) previously participated in a USA Basketball trials.