Three of the top five players in the Class of 2017, according to ESPN’S Terrific 25 HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings, have accepted invitations to attend trials for the USA Women’s U16 National Team.
No. 3 Mikayla Boykin (Clinton , N.C.), No. 4 Ayanna Clark (Long Beach, Calif., Poly) and No. 5 Kasiyahna Kushkituah (St. Francis; Austell, Ga.) are among the 35 players from the Class of 2017 and 2018. The trials will take place May 21-25 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, with the team’s 12 finalists being announced at the end of the camp.
Before departing for the FIBA Americas U16 Championship June 24-28 in Puebla, Mexico, the team will return to Colorado Springs for training camp June 14-22.
Other players attending from the Class of 2017 are: Rellah Boothe (Potter’s House Christian Academy/Jacksonville, Fla.); Maya Dodson (St. Francis H.S./Alpharetta, Ga.); Andra Espinoza-Hunter (Blair Academy/Ossining, N.Y.); Chelsie Hall (Seffner Christian Academy/Wesley Chapel, Fla.); Jaala Henry (Eleanor Roosevelt H.S./Riverdale, Md.); Taylor Kissinger (Minden H.S./Minden, Neb.); Destiny Littleton (The Bishop’s School/San Diego, Calif.); Alexis Morris (Legacy Christian Academy/Beaumont, Texas); Deauzya “DiDi” Richards (Cypress Ranch H.S./Cypress, Texas); Taya Robinson (Huguenot H.S./Richmond, Va.); Unique Thompson (Faith Academy/Theodore, Ala.); Madison Treece (Rock Bridge H.S./Columbia, Mo.); Kiana Williams (Karen Wagner H.S./San Antonio, Texas); and Jade Williams (Prestonwood Christian Academy/The Colony, Texas).
Players from the class of 2018 include: Jenna Brown (The Lovett School/Marietta, Ga.); Desiree Caldwell (Johnson H.S. /San Antonio, Texas); Christianna Carr (Eden Prairie H.S. /Eden Prairie, Minn.); Jessika Carter (Harris County H.S./Waverly Hall, Ga.); Charli Collier (Barbers Hill H.S./ Baytown, Texas); Amira Collins (St. Johns College H.S./White Plains, Md.); Aquira DeCosta (St. Mary’s H.S./Stockton, Calif.); Katlyn Gilbert (Heritage Christian School/Indianapolis, Ind.); Honesty Grayson (Blair Academy/Brick, N.J.); Zarielle Green (Duncanville H.S. /Dallas, Texas); Destanni Henderson (Fort Myers H.S./Fort Myers, Fla.); Lindsey Jarosinski (Montini Catholic H.S./Medinah, Ill.); Ayoka Lee (Byron H.S./Byron, Minn.); Valencia Myers (Solon H.S. /Solon, Ohio.); Sedona Prince (Faith Academy/Liberty, Texas); Mykasa Robinson (Paul G. Blazer H.S. /Cattlesburg, Ky.); Bexley Wallace (Pickerington Central H.S./Pickerington, Ohio); and Xaria Wiggins (Princess Anne H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.).
The 2015 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team will be coached by Dori Oldaker, head coach at Mt. Lebanon High School in Pennsylvania, and assisted by Dianne Lewis of Thomas Edison in Virginia and Samantha Quigley, head coach at the University of St. Francis (NAIA) in Illinois.