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USA Basketball sets U17 women’s World Championship roster

The USA women’s national U17 team trimmed its roster from 145-to-12 after four training days at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado on May 26. The team includes six gold medalists from the 2013 USA Women’s U16 National Team and six newcomers.

Katie Lou Samuelson was one of six gold medalists named to the 2014 USA Women's U17 World Championship Team.
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"Given the large numbers and the incredible talent at these trials, it was a challenge for the committee to make the decision,” said Carol Callan, USA Basketball women’s national team director and chair of the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee, which is responsible for selecting the players.

Head coach Sue Phillips (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose Cagers AAU, Calif.), returns urns to lead the 2014 USA U17 World Championship Team after having led the USA to a gold medal at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Phillips will be assisted by Mary Coyle Klinger (Rutgers Preparatory School, N.J.) and Brian Robinson (Bishop McGuinness H.S./Stealers AAU, N.C.).

The following is a list of Team USA Basketball U17 roster:

Asia Durr, a 5-foot-11 point guard from St. Pius X Catholic H.S. in Douglasville, Ga: Durr was the 2013 FIBA U16 MVP of 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.She averaged 18.4 points a game and shot 52.5 percent from the field, including 45.8 percent from beyond the arc. Durr is ranked as the second best prospect in the class of 2015 by ESPN Hoopgurlz. She is currently considering Connecticut, Notre Dame, Maryland, Duke , Baylor Lady Bears andTennessee.

DeJanae Boykin , a 6-foot-2 forward from Charles H. Flowers H.S. in Springdale, Md.: Boykin is one three players to start all five games during the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship. She averaged 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds a game last summer. Ranked No. 10 prospect in the class of 2015, Boykin has committed to the University of Connecticut.

Lauren Cox, 6-foot-4 forward from Flower Mound H.S. inFlower Mound, Texas: Cox also started all five USA games last summer and led team in rebounding (8.8) and blocked shots with 14. She was third on the team in scoring with 11.1 a game. Cox is the top-ranked prospect in the class of 2016 and is undecided.

Nancy Mulkey, a 6-foot-9 center from Cypress Woods H.S. in Cypress, Texas: Mulkey saw limited time for Team USA last summer but did average 6.1 points a game

Arike Ogunbowale, a 5-foot-9 guard from Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S. in Milwaukee, Wis.: Ogunbowale averaged 10.0 and 3.2 rebounds in just 16.4 minutes per game off the bench last summer. Half of her shots were from beyond the three-point line where she connected on 47.1 percent of those tries. Ogunbowale is HoopGirlz 24th rated prospected and is considering Michigan as well as Marquette.

Katie Lou Samuelson, a 6-foot-3 forward from Mater Dei H.S. in Huntington Beach, Calif: Samuelson started all five games last summer and averaged 16.0 points and 5.3 rebounds. She was Team USA’s top-three point threat connecting on 52.9 percent of her tries. The No. 1 prospect in the 2014 class has committed to Connecticut.

Newcomers

Kristine Anigwe, a 6-foot-4 center from Desert Vista H.S. in Phoenix, Ariz. Anigwe is ranked as the No. 48 prospect in the 2014 class and has committed to California.

Kennedy Burke, a 6-foot-1 forward from Sierra Canyon School in Northridge, Calif.: Burke is rated as the No. 29 prospect in the Class of 2015 and has committed to UCLA.

Natalie Chou, a 6-foot-1 forward from Plano West Senior H.S. in Plano, Texas: Chou is ranked as the No. 20 prospect in the class of 2016.

Te’a Cooper, a 5-foot-8 guard from McEachern H.S. in Powder Springs, Ga.: Cooper is ranked No. 12 prospect in the class of 2014. She is considering North Carolina.

Joyner Holmes, a 6-foot-3 forward from Cedar Hill H.S. in Cedar Hill, Texas.

Anna Wilson, a 5-foot-8 guard from Collegiate School inRichmond, Va.: Wilson is ranked No. 14 in the Class of 2016. She has committed to Stanford.

Sabrina Ionescu, 5-foot-10 guard from Miramonte High School in Walnut Creek, Calif.,: Ionescu averaged 3.4 points a game and dished out 10 assists but only shot 29.2 percent from the field. She is ranked on No. 3 in the class of 2016 by HoopGurlz.

The 2014 USA U17 World Championship Team will reassemble at the USOTC for training camp
June 12-17, before the team departs on June 18 for training and an exhibition tournament in Nogent sur Seine, France, from June 20-22.

From France, the team will travel on June 23 to the Czech Republic for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship that will be played June 28-July 6.

Team USA will be looking for their third straight FIBA U17 World Championship gold medal when they get to the Czech Republic. The U.S. is in Group D and will face China on June 28, France on June 29 and Mali on July 1.