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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Stewart, Jefferson, Tuck eyeing more glory with U-19 squad

USA Basketball veterans Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck were among 34 players who accepted invitations to try out for the U.S. squad competing in the FIBA U-19 World Championships and they will be joined by fellow UConn rising sophomore Moriah Jefferson, a member of the U-18 squad in 2012.

Stewart and Tuck were members of the 2011 U.S. squad which won the gold medal at the FIBA U-19 World Championships. Stewart led the team in scoring (11.2 points per game), rebounding (7.3) and blocked shots (15 in nine games) while Tuck averaged 3.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game for the team coached by former UConn star Jennifer Rizzotti and featured five players (Stewart, Tuck, Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis) who were members of UConn's national-championship team.

UConn Class of 2014 recruiting target A'ja Wilson is also among those heading to the training camp later this month.

Trials for the U-19 squad will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. from May 16-19 with the world championships being held in Lithuania from July 18-28.

Stewart is already one of the most decorated players in USA Basketball history as she was a member of the gold-medal winning U-16 squad in 2009, U-17 World Championship team in 2010 as well as the U-19 team two years ago and last year's U-18 squad. Stewart also became just the second high school player to compete for the U.S. in the Pan Am Games.

Tuck was Stewart's teammate on the U-17 squad in 2010, U-19 team in 2011 and U-18 team in 2012. Tuck was the leading scorer (averaging 17.8 points per game) to lead the U.S. to the FIBA Americas U18 Championship title.

Jefferson joined Tuck as the only U.S. players to start all five games in the tournament. She averaged 5.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists in the tournament.

The list of players trying out for the U.S. team playing in the World University Games will come out later this week and perhaps as early as tomorrow.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is Tuck even playing with her recent injuries. Same goes for Hartley. This is not good at all.

9:54 PM 

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