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Monday, May 20, 2013

Pair of UConn recruiting targets trying out for U-16 national team

A pair of UConn recruiting targets from the Class of 2015 headline in the list of 135 players who have accepted invitations to try out for the U.S. U-16 national team later this month.

Katie Lou Samuelson, a 6-foot-3 forward out of Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif., and Asia Durr, a 5-foot-11 guard from St. Pius X Catholic High in Atlanta, were among the group of 32 players initially invited to try out. The other 102 players were chosen after they applied for inclusion into the U-16 training camp.

Samuelson, the youngest of the three sweet-shooting Samuelson sisters who each have drawn recruiting interest from UConn, averaged 20.5 points as a sophomore and had 89 3-pointers aided by recording at least six 3-pointers in four games after transferring to Mater Dei before the start of her sophomore season. She was also named the California sophomore of the year by the site. Durr averaged 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.6 steals per game as a sophomore. She shot 52 percent from the field, 36 percent from 3-point range and 86 percent from the free-throw line.

Another top player heading to the tryouts is DeJanae Boykin The 6-foot-2 Boykin, who averaged 15.7 points as a sophomore for national power Riverdale Baptist although she has decided to transfer to Flowers High School. Boykin recently told the Washington Post that she is planning to take an unofficial visit to UConn this summer.

No Connecticut products were among the invitees to the U-16 training camp (although Qalea Ismail a 6-foot sophomore guard from Bel Air, Md. is the daughter of former North Branford High and Syracuse star Holly Oslander). The only players from New England are Braintree (Mass.) High sophomore forward Bridget Herlihy who led Braintree to the MIAA South Division I title and a trip to the Massachusetts’ Division I semifinals, and Lexington (Mass.) freshman guard Anna Kelly.

The U-16 training camp starts Thursday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. with the team being announced on May 27. The team will compete in 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Cancun from June 19-23.

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