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Monday, May 25, 2015

UConn commit Espinoza-Hunter makes U.S. U-16 team

Add Andra Espinoza-Hunter to the list of UConn commits who will be playing on U.S. national teams this summer.

Espinoza-Hunter, a 5-foot-11 rising junior from Ossining, N.Y., was one of 12 players named to the U.S. team playing for the U.S. in the FIBA Americas U16 Championships which is being held in Mexico from June 24-28.

Espinoza-Hunter led Blair Academy to the Mid-Atlantic Prep League and New Jersey Prep School Class A title as a sophomore as she had 43 points in the two championship games despite being on a senior-laden team featuring three Division I recruits.

Espinoza-Hunter, who also won a state title alongside UConn's Saniya Chong at Ossining High, is one of the few sophomores to commit to UConn.

Espinoza-Hunter survived four cuts as USA Basketball went from 149 players to the final 12-member roster. The team was announced by Carol Callan, USA Basketball's Women's National Team Director.

"It was amazing, my heart was pounding the whole time she was reading the list but as she said my name, all of that went away and I was so happy," Espinoza-Hunter said.

"I think the bond between the girls and myself is pretty strong, we have all broken out of our shells over the last couple of days and I am really going to enjoy playing with them."

She was joined on the team by her Blair Academy teammate Honesty Scott-Grayson. Other members of the team are Jayda Adams, Desiree Caldwell, Aquira DeCosta, Destiny Littleton, Lauryn Miller, Alexis Morris, Valencia Myers, Sedonia Prince, Bexley Wallace and Jade Williams. Adams and Miller are the only players who made the team after going through the application process as 10 of the 12 team members received direct invitations from USA Basketball.

UConn has six players currently committed over a span of three recruiting classes and four of them will be members of U.S. junior national teams this season as incoming freshmen Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson as well as Class of 2016 UConn pledge Crystal Dangerfield will play for the U.S. in the FIBA Women's U19 World Championship.

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