Plenty of UConn recruiting targets on U-17 team
Class of 2018 prospects Charli Collier, Aquira DeCosta, Sedona Prince and Christyn Williams as well as Samantha Brunelle, out of the Class of 2019, were named to the team as USA Basketball cut the team from the 18 finalists previously announced to the 12 who will suit up for the U.S.
The team members will return for training camp on Wednesday and will head for Spain on June 15. Tournament play begins on June 22 with the gold medal game set for July 2.
Among the six players cut was Alexis Morris, the leading scorer on the U.S. bronze-medal winning team in the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship meaning that DeCosta and Prince are the only players from that squad named to the U-17 team. In the previous three U17 events, a minimum of six players from the U16 team the previous year were part of the U-17 team.
Janelle Bailey, Jenna Brown, Maya Dodson, Destanni Henderson, Taylor Mikesell, Olivia Nelson-Ododa and Abby Prohaska were also selected to the squad. Nine of the 12 players hail from the Class of 2018 which gives some indication of how strong a class that will be. It should be noted that several of the top players in the Class of 2017 have birthdays preventing them from taking part in the U-17. Five players including UConn recruiting target Megan Walker made the U-18 team.
UConn Class of 2017 commits Andra Espinoza-Hunter and Lexi Gordon were among those who tried out for the U-17 team. Espinoza-Hunter was among the last cuts while Gordon made it through the first few cuts.