COLORADO SPRINGS --- Thirty-four of the nation's top athletes age 19-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1994), including North Carolina forward Xylina McDaniel and Tar Heel signee Stephanie Mavunga, have accepted invitations to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team trials, USA Basketball announced Tuesday. Trials to select the 12-member USA squad will be held May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Invitations to the trials were issued by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for Stephanie and Xylina," North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "The chance to represent your country on the international level is always an incredible honor, and I know they will do themselves and Carolina proud at the trials. Some of my best memories in coaching have come with USA Basketball and I am excited that they are getting this chance."
Accepting invitations to participate in the trials were: Jordan Adams (Southern California / Irvine, Calif.); Candice Agee (Penn State / Victorville, Calif.); Jillian Alleyne (Oregon / Fontana, Calif.); Ameryst Alston (Ohio State / Canton, Ohio); Shacobia Barbee (Georgia / Mufreesboro, Tenn.); Amber Campbell (Northwood Academy / Charleston, S.C.); Oderah Chidom (Bishop O'Dowd H.S. / Oakland, Calif.); Nia Coffey (Hopkins H.S. / Minneapolis, Minn.); Kendall Cooper (St. Anthony's H.S. / Carson, Calif.); Rebekah Dahlman (Braham Area H.S. / Braham, Minn.); Kaela Davis (Buford H.S. / Suwanee, Ga.); Amber Deane (Dayton / Lathrup Village, Mich.); Lia Galdeira (Washington State / Kamuela, Hawaii); Bashaara Graves (Tennessee / Clarksville, Tenn.); Gabby Green (St. Mary's College H.S. / Oakland, Calif.); Tiaria Griffin (Georgia / Monticello, Miss.); Linnae Harper (Whitney Young H.S. / Chicago, Ill.); Moriah Jefferson (Connecticut / Glenn Heights, Texas); Alexis Jones (Duke / Irving, Texas); Brittney Martin (Oklahoma State / Syracuse, Utah); Stephanie Mavunga (Brownsburg H.S. / Indianapolis, Ind.); Xylina McDaniel (North Carolina / Columbia, S.C.); Sydney Moss (Florida / Union, Ky.); Kelsey Plum (La Jolla Country Day / Poway, Calif.); Jordan Reynolds (Central Catholic H.S. / Portland, Ore.); Tyler Scaife (Little Rock Hall H.S. / Little Rock, Ark.); Ieshia Small (Florida State University H.S. / Tallahassee, Fla.); Breanna Stewart (Connecticut / North Syracuse, N.Y.); Brittney Sykes (Syracuse / Newark, N.J.); Morgan Tuck (Connecticut / Bolingbrook, Ill.); Brianna Turner (Manvel H.S. / Pearland, Texas); Courtney Walker (Texas A&M / Edmond, Okla.); Marqu'es Webb (Hoover H.S. / Montgomery, Ala.) and A'ja Wilson (Heathwood Hall H.S / Hopkins, S.C.).
Davis, Harper and Mavunga teamed up to help the U.S. win gold at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
In addition to the 13 gold medalists attending the USA U19 trials, 10 athletes have participated in a USA Basketball trials previously, including Alson, Coffey, Dahlman, Green, McDaniel, Plum, Reynolds, Scaife, Small and Sykes.
The USA squad, which is on a quest to capture a fifth-consecutive gold medal at the U19 Worlds, will compete in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, hosted by Lithuania from July 18-28 in Klaipeda and Panevezys. The team will regroup for training on July 1 at the USOTC prior to traveling to Europe for the competition.