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Sunday, May 21, 2017

UConn's Dangerfield, Walker named to U.S. U-19 national team

UConn's Crystal Dangerfield is the fifth U.S. player named to multiple U-19 national teams and she was joined on the 12-player roster for the upcoming FIBA U19 World Cup by UConn incoming freshman Megan Walker and Class of 2018 recruiting target Christyn Williams.

Dangerfield, the only returning player from the 2015 U19 world championship team, was second on the 2015 team with 14 steals and third with 19 assists. She joins former UConn stars Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck, South Carolina's national player of the year A'ja Wilson and Alexis Jones, currently a rookie guard with the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, as the only players to be on more than one U.S. U-19 team.

Walker joins Harvard forward/center Jeannie Boehm, Texas A&M signee Chennedy Carter, South Carolina guard Tyasha Harris and Oregon forward Ruthy Hebard as members of the 2016 U-18 team to make the squad while Williams is the only player from last year's U-17 national team to be named.
Nine of the 12 players selected are going into their sophomore season of college.

Bella Alarie making the team, there will be a pair of Ivy League products on the team as the U.S. goes after a seventh straight gold medal from July 22-30 in Italy. Texas star Joyner Holmes, the United States Basketball Writers Association's national freshman of the year, Vanderbilt's Kayla Overbeck, Arizona State's Reli Richardson and Alecia Sutton, also out of Texas, were also selected to the team.

This is the sixth straight time the U.S. will compete for the U-19 world title with at least one current or future UConn player on the roster. Walker will be the 13th player with UConn ties to suit up for the U.S. U-19 team. The run began with Rebecca Lobo being a part of the 1993 team and in 2011, five of the 12 players (Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Stewart and Tuck) would eventually become teammates at UConn. Williams would make it 14 if she picks UConn.

Williams, who is down to Baylor, Notre Dame, Tennessee, UCLA and UConn, is the only player with remaining high school eligibility to be named to the team.

UConn incoming freshman Mikayla Coombs and Class of 2018 commit Charli Collier were among the 33 players who competed for the 12 roster spots.

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