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May 26, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Russell Wilson’s sister named to USA Basketball U17 World Championship roster


Point guard Anna Wilson PHOTO: Chris Hansen

You’ve likely seen the proud brother pictures on Russell Wilson’s Instagram and Twitter accounts, but now it’s official. The Super Bowl champion’s sister Anna Wilson was named to the 12-member roster for the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team.

“Honestly, I was really, really nervous,” said Anna via the USAB website of her emotions when the team was named Monday morning. “I didn’t get much sleep last night, but when they called my name I was just very happy that it happened. I’m very excited.”

Wilson, who’ll be a junior at Collegiate School (Richmond, Va.) this fall, verbally committed to Stanford. She’s a 5-foot-7 PG and making her first appearance on a USAB roster.

The USA U17 World Championship Team will hold a training camp June 12-17 in Colorado before departing on June 18 for training and an exhibition tournament in Nogent sur Seine, France from June 20-22. From France, the team will travel to the Czech Republic for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship from June 28-July 6.

“That’s the best thing you could possibly do as an athlete, I think, to be able to represent your country, but as well represent my family and who I am,” Wilson said. “I’m so excited; I really have no words.”

Here’s more from USAB:


Colorado Springs, Colorado • May 26, 2014

After four days of trials that began with 145 players on the court at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the 12-member roster for the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team was announced on Monday morning. The team includes six gold medalists from the 2013 USA Women’s U16 National Team and six players who were selected to their first USA Basketball national team.

“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. “However, given that quality of talent, in many ways there was no way we could fail at picking a good team, and we certainly think that we’ve done that. It’s a very versatile team with good size, good speed and quickness and good basketball smarts. So, we are really excited to see how they perform at the world championship.”

Named to the 2014 USA Women’s U17 World Championship Team after helping the USA to win the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship this past summer, which earned the USA its berth into the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, are 2013 U16 MVP Asia Durr (St. Pius X Catholic H.S./Douglasville, Ga.), as well as DeJanae Boykin (Charles H. Flowers H.S./Springdale, Md.), Lauren Cox (Flower Mound H.S./Flower Mound, Texas), Nancy Mulkey (Cypress Woods H.S./Cypress, Texas), Arike Ogunbowale (Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S./Milwaukee, Wis.) and Katie Lou Samuelson (Mater Dei H.S./Huntington Beach, Calif.).

Playing on their first USA Basketball team in 2014 will be: Kristine Anigwe (Desert Vista H.S./Phoenix, Ariz.), Kennedy Burke (Sierra Canyon School/Northridge, Calif.), Natalie Chou (Plano West Senior H.S./Plano, Texas), Te’a Cooper (McEachern H.S./Powder Springs, Ga.), Joyner Holmes (Cedar Hill H.S./Cedar Hill, Texas) and Anna Wilson (Collegiate School/Richmond, Va.).

Additionally, Sabrina Ionescu (Miramonte H.S./Walnut Creek, Calif.) was named as an alternate.

“I am so excited,” said Sue Phillips (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose Cagers AAU, Calif.), who returns 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. “This group of participants was extremely talented, very coachable and worked so hard. I knew whichever 12 the committee decided on, we were going to have a very competitive team. We’re going to do our best to win the gold medal.”

Also returning from the 2013 USA U16 coaching staff are assistant coaches Mary Coyle Klinger (Rutgers Preparatory School, N.J.) and Brian Robinson (Bishop McGuinness H.S./Stealers AAU, N.C.).

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.

Looking to capture its third-straight FIBA U17 World Championship gold medal, the USA was placed into Group D, where it will face China on June 28, France on June 29 and Mali on July 1.

Following the preliminary round, all teams will be seeded within their groups and will advance to the Round of 16, which will be played on July 2. Winners of the Round of 16 will advance to the July 4 quarterfinals. The semifinals will be played on July 5, and the gold medal game is set for July 6.

In addition to the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, Ogunbowale and Samuelson also claimed gold as members of the 2013 USA 3×3 U18 World Championship Team that compiled an 8-1 record to win the FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championship Sept. 26-29 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Burke, Cooper, Chou, Holmes and Wilson also took part in the 2013 USA Women’s U16 National Team Trials.

Despite their underclassman status, taking home Gatorade State Player of the Year honors were Boykin (Maryland), Durr (Georgia), Ogunbowale (Wisconsin) and Samuelson (California).

Samuelson was a finalist for the 2014 Naismith Girls High School Player of the Year, and Durr listed on the Watch List released on Dec. 13, 2013. Additionally, Durr and Samuelson listed on the 2014 USA Today All-USA Girls Basketball first team.

Chaired in a non-voting position by USA Basketball Women’s National Team Director Carol Callan, the 2013-16 USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee includes NFHS appointees Jody Patrick (Flint Hill School, Va.) and Jill Rankin Schneider (Monterey H.S., Texas.); AAU appointees Bill Larson (North Tartan Basketball AAU, Minn.) and Sherri Pegues (GBL Cal Sparks AAU, Calif.); and athlete representative Yolanda Griffith, a 2000 and 2004 Olympic gold medalist who has played on five USA
Basketball teams.

USA Basketball
Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Basketball, chaired by Jerry Colangelo, is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety.

During the 2009-12 quadrennium, 1,273 male and female players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball teams and trials, and USA Basketball 3×3 FIBA championships.

USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 262-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games.

USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics; men’s and women’s FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup); men’s and women’s FIBA U19 and U17 World Championships; men’s and women’s U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; the FIBA 3×3 Women’s World Championship; and the FIBA 3×3 Women’s U18 World Championship. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA’s world-ranking categories, including combined, men’s, women’s, boys and girls.

For further information about USA Basketball, go to the official Web site of USA Basketball at usab.com and connect with us on facebook.com/usabasketball, twitter.com/usabasketball, plus.google.com/+usabasketball and youtube.com/usab.

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