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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thursday Cardinal Couple -- -Walz packing his suitcases


- 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
Along with head coach Dawn Staley (South Carolina) and Kim Barnes Arico (Michigan), Coach Walz will watch the practices and offer their suggestions to the selection committee on what they've seen. They'll then coach the 12 selected in the games
in August.

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 F6-218005/26/962014 The Bullis School / *DukeClinton, MD
Monique Billings F6-416005/02/962014 Santiago H.S. / *UCLACorona, CA
Receé CaldwellG5-813509/09/962014 Homeschooled / *UCLA San Antonio, TX
Sierra CalhounG/F6-016505/07/962014 Christ the King H.S. / *DukeBrooklyn, NY
Batouly Camara F6-219011/02/962015 Blair Academy New York, NY
Napheesa Collier G6-117309/23/962015 Incarnate Word Academy /#ConnecticutO'Fallon, MO
Mikayla Cowling G/F6-115809/04/962014 St. Mary's College H.S. / *CaliforniaBenicia, CA
Sophie Cunningham G6-015508/16/962015 Rock Bridge H.S. / #MissouriColumbia, MO
LaJahna Drummer F6-216003/28/962014 Long Beach Poly H.S. / *UCLAInglewood, CA
Kortney Dunbar G6-217007/03/962014 Edwardsville H.S. / *TennesseeEdwardsville, IL
Katelynn Flaherty G5-713002/15/962014 Metuchen H.S. / *MichiganPoint Pleasant Beach, NJ
Jamasha 'Meme' JacksonG/F5-1114509/09/962015 Blackman H.S. / #TennesseeMurfreesboro, TN
Jazmine Jones G6-015010/15/962016 Florida A&M H.S.Tallahassee, FL
Moné JonesF6-315611/03/962015 Riverside H.S. Durham, NC
Paris Kea G5-812604/07/962014 Greensboro Page H.S. / *VanderbiltGreensboro, NC
Kyra Lambert G5-914512/06/962015 Samuel Clemens H.S.Schertz, TX
Marina Mabrey G5-10---09/14/962015 Manasquan H.S. / #Notre DameManasquan, NJ
Teaira McCowan C6-723509/28/962015 Brenham H.S.Brenham, TX
Beatrice Mompremier C6-418008/08/962015 Miami H.S.Miami, FL
Mariya Moore G/F5-1117506/10/962014 Salesian H.S. / *LouisvilleRichmond, CA
Ali Patberg G/F5-1016009/11/962015 Columbus North H.S. / #Notre DameColumbus, IN
Cierra Porter C6-418309/07/962015 Rock Bridge H.S. / #MissouriColumbia, MO
Jessica Shepard F6-419509/11/962015 Fremont H.S. / #NebraskaFremont, NE
Azurá Stevens F6-417502/01/962014 Cary H.S. / *DukeRaleigh, NC
Brianna Turner G/F6-316707/05/962014 Manvel H.S./*Notre Dame Pearland, TX
Destinee Walker G/F5-1015010/19/962015 Lake Highland Prep SchoolOcoee, FL
Stephanie Watts G5-1015504/16/972015 Weddington H.S. / #North CarolinaWesley Chapel, NC
A'ja Wilson F6-317508/08/962014 Heathwood Hall H.S./ *South CarolinaHopkins, SC

Incoming Cardinal freshman Mariya Moore is listed above. The coaches will not be selecting the final 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!


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