THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
- Jeff Walz is headed to Colorado Springs
We don't mean to cause panic with our readership by indicating that Coach is leaving the University of Louisville women's basketball program. He has been selected as one of the two assistant coaches for the USA Basketball U-18 Women's National team.
Coach Jeff will be involved with USA basketball this weekend in evaluating the list of the 28 players who will be competing for a spot on the squad. The eventual disposition is to select 12 players who will represent the USA in the 2014 FIBA Americas U-18 Championships...which will being on Aug 6th. at the US Olympic Training Center at Colorado Springs.
A total of 12 athletes with prior USA Basketball experience, including three gold medalists, highlight
the list of 28 of the nation’s top 18-and-unders who accepted invitations to participate in the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team Trials. The trials, scheduled to be held May 24-26 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will be used to select the 12-member team that will compete in the USA Basketball-hosted 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship at the USOTC from Aug. 6-10. Invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head coach Jim Foster (pictured above)
|KBA will be an assistant|
It's a responsibility Walz takes with great pride and respect.
" It's something that I've always wanted to do, having the opportunity to be involved with USA Basketball. It's a chance to coach elite players against elite players. I was just thrilled when I received the phone call asking if I would be an assistant. It took no time at all to say 'Yes'. I'm just really excited the time has come and we'll get out there on Friday and have a great weekend of working with players."
Here's a list of the players that will be competing:
2014 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team Trials Roster
|Lyneé Belton||F||6-2||180||05/26/96||2014||The Bullis School / *Duke||Clinton, MD|
|Monique Billings||F||6-4||160||05/02/96||2014||Santiago H.S. / *UCLA||Corona, CA|
|Receé Caldwell||G||5-8||135||09/09/96||2014||Homeschooled / *UCLA||San Antonio, TX|
|Sierra Calhoun||G/F||6-0||165||05/07/96||2014||Christ the King H.S. / *Duke||Brooklyn, NY|
|Batouly Camara||F||6-2||190||11/02/96||2015||Blair Academy||New York, NY|
|Napheesa Collier||G||6-1||173||09/23/96||2015||Incarnate Word Academy /#Connecticut||O'Fallon, MO|
|Mikayla Cowling||G/F||6-1||158||09/04/96||2014||St. Mary's College H.S. / *California||Benicia, CA|
|Sophie Cunningham||G||6-0||155||08/16/96||2015||Rock Bridge H.S. / #Missouri||Columbia, MO|
|LaJahna Drummer||F||6-2||160||03/28/96||2014||Long Beach Poly H.S. / *UCLA||Inglewood, CA|
|Kortney Dunbar||G||6-2||170||07/03/96||2014||Edwardsville H.S. / *Tennessee||Edwardsville, IL|
|Katelynn Flaherty||G||5-7||130||02/15/96||2014||Metuchen H.S. / *Michigan||Point Pleasant Beach, NJ|
|Jamasha 'Meme' Jackson||G/F||5-11||145||09/09/96||2015||Blackman H.S. / #Tennessee||Murfreesboro, TN|
|Jazmine Jones||G||6-0||150||10/15/96||2016||Florida A&M H.S.||Tallahassee, FL|
|Moné Jones||F||6-3||156||11/03/96||2015||Riverside H.S.||Durham, NC|
|Paris Kea||G||5-8||126||04/07/96||2014||Greensboro Page H.S. / *Vanderbilt||Greensboro, NC|
|Kyra Lambert||G||5-9||145||12/06/96||2015||Samuel Clemens H.S.||Schertz, TX|
|Marina Mabrey||G||5-10||---||09/14/96||2015||Manasquan H.S. / #Notre Dame||Manasquan, NJ|
|Teaira McCowan||C||6-7||235||09/28/96||2015||Brenham H.S.||Brenham, TX|
|Beatrice Mompremier||C||6-4||180||08/08/96||2015||Miami H.S.||Miami, FL|
|Mariya Moore||G/F||5-11||175||06/10/96||2014||Salesian H.S. / *Louisville||Richmond, CA|
|Ali Patberg||G/F||5-10||160||09/11/96||2015||Columbus North H.S. / #Notre Dame||Columbus, IN|
|Cierra Porter||C||6-4||183||09/07/96||2015||Rock Bridge H.S. / #Missouri||Columbia, MO|
|Jessica Shepard||F||6-4||195||09/11/96||2015||Fremont H.S. / #Nebraska||Fremont, NE|
|Azurá Stevens||F||6-4||175||02/01/96||2014||Cary H.S. / *Duke||Raleigh, NC|
|Brianna Turner||G/F||6-3||167||07/05/96||2014||Manvel H.S./*Notre Dame||Pearland, TX|
|Destinee Walker||G/F||5-10||150||10/19/96||2015||Lake Highland Prep School||Ocoee, FL|
|Stephanie Watts||G||5-10||155||04/16/97||2015||Weddington H.S. / #North Carolina||Wesley Chapel, NC|
|A'ja Wilson||F||6-3||175||08/08/96||2014||Heathwood Hall H.S./ *South Carolina||Hopkins, SC|
Incoming Cardinal freshman Mariya Moore is listed above. The coaches will not be selecting the final 12...it should be pointed out. The committee makes that call...headed by Jim Foster, who is now the head women's basketball coach at University of Chattanooga.
Have fun, Coach Walz....and good luck Mariya!