USA Basketball has announce that UConn women’s basketball freshmen Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck have accepted invitations to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team Trial. They are three of 34 of the nation’s top athletes age 19-years-old or younger receiving invitations. Trials to select the 12-member USA squad will be held May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Invitations to the trials were issued by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee.
“This group has a nice nucleus with some former gold medal winners in the mix and some new candidates that will allow us to field a very competitive team,” said committee chair Jim Foster, who has been a member of nine different USA Basketball coaching staffs.
Stewart is the most experienced USA Basketball alum attending trials. The MVP of the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and member of the five-member 2009 All-FIBA U19 World Championship Tournament Team, Stewart has helped USA squads earn gold at the 2010 U17 and 2011 U19 FIBA World Championships, as well as the 2009 U16 and 2012 U18 FIBA Americas Championships. Further, the 2011 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year was the lone high school athlete on the 2011 USA Pan American Games Team.
Jefferson and Tuck also enter the trials as USA Basketball alum after being members of the 2012 USA FIBA U18 National Team that captured the FIBE Americas U18 Championship to secure a berth to this summer’s competition. Returning from the most recent USA U19 squad that captured gold at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship are Jordan Adams, Alexis Jones, Stewart and Tuck.
The USA squad, which will play 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 Panevėžys. The team will begin training on July 1 at the USOTC before traveling to Europe for the competition.