May 8, 2007
WACO, Texas - Baylor's Danielle Wilson is among 37 of the nation's top 19-and-unders (born on or after Jan. 1, 1988) invited to compete for a spot on the 2007 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team at the 2007 USA Basketball Junior National Team Trials, which will be held May 17-20 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Wilson has prior USA Basketball experience, she attended the 2006 USA U18 National Team Trials, and also donned a USA jersey at the 2005 Youth Development Festival.
The Bay Shore, N.Y. native, a 6-3 post who just completed her freshman season at Baylor, averaged 8.4 points and 4.9 rebounds a game in her rookie campaign. She led the team and was among the nation's leaders in blocked shots with 86. In just one season, Wilson ranks No. 9 on Baylor's career blocks chart. In addition, she broke Baylor's 27-year-old single season blocks record.
USA Basketball will conduct the 2007 Women's Junior National and National Team Trials in order to select finalists for three USA Basketball squads-the U19 World Championship Team, U21 World Championship Team and Pan American Games Team. Trials for all three teams will take place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
While hopefuls for the U21 World Championship and Pan American Games National Teams will conduct trials together, trials for the U19 World Championship Team are expected to take place independently. Finalists for the three squads will be named following trials, with official 12-member rosters determined prior to their respective competitions.
Doug Bruno, USA U19 World Championship Team and DePaul University head coach, will be assisted by collegiate head coaches Cynthia Cooper Dyke of Prairie View A&M and Carol Owens of Northern Illinois University.
2007 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women
The USA qualified for the U19 World Championships after Bruno, as the USA's head coach, led the U18 squad to a 4-0 slate and gold medal at the zone qualifier, the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women, an event hosted by USA Basketball at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Sixteen countries will compete in the U19 World Championship for Women that will be held July 26-Aug. 5 in Bratislava, Slovakia. FIBA announced on March 6 the draw for the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship For Women, and the USA has been placed in Group B, along with China, Ivory Coast and Lithuania.
Originally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, the tournament is held every four years and was first held in 1985. USA women's teams are 32-10 in the U19/Junior World Championships, capturing gold with an 8-0 record most recently in 2005.
Thursday, May 17
|4:30 p.m.||Session I||USOTC Sports Center II|
Friday, May 18
|8:30 a.m.||Session II||USOTC Sports Center II|
|4:00 p.m.||Session III||USOTC Sports Center II|
Saturday, May 19
|8:30 a.m.||Session IV||USOTC Sports Center II|
|4:00 p.m.||Session V||USOTC Sports Center II|
Sunday, May 20
|8:30 a.m.||Session VI||USOTC Sports Center II|
|TBD||Announcement of USA team finalists|