COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Texas A&M women’s basketball signee Courtney Williams has accepted an invitation to attend the 2012 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team Trials held May 19-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
A product of Houston, Texas, Williams is one of six top-rated high school prospects that were part of A&M’s highest-ranked recruiting class (No. 2) who will join the Aggies for the 2012-13 season.
The USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee chaired by Sue Donohoe, executive director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, issued just 26 invitations to attend the trials.
"The committee is excited about this group of players as they are all highly skilled and accomplished," said Donohoe. "With all the talent that will be at trials, we are going to have a difficult time selecting the team. The committee is responsible for not only selecting young women who are talented on the playing floor but also for selecting young women who will contribute in a positive manner as part of the team representing the United States. We are really looking forward to these trials, as we know that the players invited to the trials are the types of players who will positively represent USA Basketball in its quest for gold this summer at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship."
Williams was one of nine 2012 WBCA High School All-Americans and one of 12 2012 McDonald’s All-Americans invited to the trials. She is one of just four athletes who owns previous USA Basketball trials experience (2009 U16).
Trials to select the 12-member USA squad will be held May 19-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. After arriving in Colorado on May 18, the participants will get on the court on May 19 at 8:30 a.m. (all times listed are MDT) and will hold their second session starting at 3:45 p.m. Following two sessions on May 20, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., the trials participants will compete in one final session on May 21 at 8:30 a.m. It is anticipated that the team will be announced at 11:00 a.m. on May 21.
The team will regroup at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., for its first training camp from May 28-June 2. The USA squad will then return to the USOTC for its final training camp Aug. 3-12, prior to traveling to Puerto Rico for the competition.
The USA U18 National Team will compete in the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Aug. 15-19, in hopes of securing a berth in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women (dates and site TBD). The FIBA Americas U18 Championship will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean, with the top three finishing teams qualifying for the 2013 FIBA U19 Worlds. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1994.