Aerial Powers will be representing the United States at the World University Games.
The Michigan State women’s basketball star was among 24 players selected to represent the USA at upcoming tournaments Sunday. She is the first Spartan women’s hoops player to represent the United States since Allyssa DeHann played on the gold-medal winning FIBA U-19 World Championship team in 2007.
“I heard my name and it was like sparks were flying,” Powers said of her selection in a release. “It is crazy because I didn’t feel like I had the best few days. I was up and down, but I tried my hardest to do other things if something was not working.
“That feeling is amazing, because you hear everyone else that has played before talk about it, even the other athletes in trials, and it inspires you. You say, ‘I wanna do that, too.’ It is a feeling I can’t explain.”
Powers, who earned All-American recognition after a record-setting sophomore season for the Spartans, was among a pool of 51 hopefuls that competed for 24 spots during USA team trials in Colorado Springs, Colo., the last few days. That group included MSU teammate Tori Jankoska.
Powers is one of seven players on the World University Games roster that will be representing the United States for the first time. The World University Games will take place July 4-13 in Gwangju, South Korea.