Three rising seniors make USA U19 team
A’ja Wilson, the No. 1 player in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2014 class, was one of three high school players selected for the United States’ U19 world championship team that will compete in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Lithuania from July 18-28.
Wilson, a 6-foot-4 forward from Heathwood Hall (Columbia, S.C.), will be joined by Brianna Turner, the No. 3 prospect in the Super 60 from Manvel (Texas), and Gabby Green, of St. Mary's (Berkeley, Calif.), who is ranked ninth.
None of the three elite prospects has announced her college decision yet.
Three other players who just finished their senior seasons in high school will be on the team. Kentucky recruit Linnae Harper of Whitney Young (Chicago), Northwestern recruit Nia Coffey of Hopkins (Minneapolis) and Washington recruit Kelsey Plum of La Jolla Country Day (Calif.) represent the class of 2013.
Three freshmen from Connecticut’s national championship team -- Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck – headline the college selections. They will be joined by Duke’s Alexis Jones, Penn State’s Candice Agee and Tennessee’s Bashaara Graves on the 12-player roster.
"I'm thrilled,” U19 coach Katie Meier said. “The length is incredible, the talent, the diversity.
"Everybody brings a little something different. That gives us a lot of choices as coaches in a lot of different ways that we can win basketball games. (The committee) put together what I think is the team that answers any type of a question. We have speed. We have quickness. We have size. We have shooters. They really made sure that they gave us every weapon."