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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Pair of Huskies will try out for World University Games team

If you're trying to locate a member of UConn's national championship team in the next week or week in a half, the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. might be a good place to start.

A day after three Huskies and the top recruiting target in the Class of 2014 were among 34 candidates trying out for the U.S. team competing in the FIBA U-19 World Championship, UConn All-Americans Bria Hartley and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis were among those accepting invitations to try out for the U.S. team playing in the World University Games.

Hartley and Mosqueda-Lewis are no strangers to representing the U.S. in international competition. They were teammates on the U.S. team which won the 2011 FIBA U-19 World Championship and in 2012 Hartley was a member of the U.S. squad which won the FIBA 3x3 World Championship for Women title.

The training camp will be held from May 16-19 in Colorado Springs. With the U-19 trials held there during the same dates, five of the eight returning players from UConn's national championship squad will be out in Colorado vying for national team berths at the same time as Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck as well as recruiting target A'ja Wilson will by trying out for the U-19 squad.

The World University Games will be held in Kazan, Russia from July 6-17.

Mike Carmin of the Layfayette (Ind.) Journal and Courier recently spoke to the high school coach of UConn Class of 2014 recruiting target Lexi Gussert and provided the most detailed look at what Gussert's thought process is..

A previous update from another media outlet had reported that the sweet-shooting 6-foot wing from Forest Park High School in Crystal Falls, Michigan had cut her list to five schools and UConn was not among those schools. However, multiple recruiting sources have told me that UConn is still very much in the mix with the Michigan Class D Player of the Year.

Carmin's report not only confirmed that but provided more detail into what Gussert is contemplating at the current time. He quoted Forest Park coach Jeff Syrjanen saying "(UConn) wants her to come out there to make sure it’s a fit. I don’t know for sure if she’s going to do that or not. That’s one of the dilemmas she’s going through right now.

“A lot of people would like for her to make the decision earlier than later but when you’re making a decision like this, you need to look at all the options. This is your career and future.”

Gussert averaged 32.5 points per game as a junior and made 93 3-pointers and everything I've heard is that UConn would very much like Gussert to be part of their next recruiting class which already includes Sadie Edwards, Courtney Ekmark and Gabby Williams.

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