COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 7, 2013) -- Incoming women’s basketball Scarlet Knight, Tyler Scaife (Little Rock, Ark.), is one of 34 of the nation’s top athletes who have accepted an invitation to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team trials, USA Basketball announced on Tuesday. Trials to select the 12-member USA squad will be held May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
A two-time Arkansas Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Scaife enters her freshman year at Rutgers this fall ranked as the top overall point guard in the nation and ninth-rated recruit overall by ESPNU HoopGulrz. She was named the MVP of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBAC) High School All-America Game and also participated in the McDonald’s All-American Girls’ Game.
The 5-9 guard led the Hall High School Warriors to a 30-2 record and the Class 6A state championship as a senior this past year. Averaging 23.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.1 steals per game. A four-time all-state selection, she was named MVP of the state title game. As a junior, Scaife averaged 25.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 3.7 steals per game as she helped her Warriors to a 23-6 record and the Class 7A semifinals as a junior.
The USA squad, which is on a quest to capture a fifth-consecutive gold medal at the U19 Worlds, will compete in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, hosted by Lithuania from July 18-28 in Klaipeda and Panevezys. The team will regroup for training on July 1 at the USOTC prior to traveling to Europe for the competition.
The FIBA U19 Worlds will feature 16 teams with athletes 19-years-old or younger. While Lithuania earned an automatic berth to the tournament as host, the remaining 15 nations were determined by the five FIBA zone qualifiers in 2012. In addition to the U.S., nations qualified out of the FIBA Americas zone include Brazil (silver medalist), Argentina (bronze medalist) and Canada (fourth place). Senegal (gold medalist) and Mali (silver medalist) will represent FIBA Africa; advancing from FIBA Asia are China (gold medalist), Japan (silver medalist) and South Korea (bronze medalist); Australia took FIBA Oceania’s spot after winning the best-of-three series against New Zealand; while FIBA Europe will be represented by France (gold medalist), Russia (silver medalist), Serbia (bronze medalist), Netherlands (fourth place) and Spain (fifth place).
Drawn into Group D, the U.S. will play its preliminary and second round games in Panevezys, and opens against Lithuania on July 18, followed by China on July 19 and caps the preliminary round against Mali on July 20.
The top three finishing teams from each first-round group will advance to the second round, held July 22-24. The 12 nations qualifying for the second round will be divided into Groups E and F. Each team will play the three new teams in its new group, with all results of games played in the preliminary round carrying over to determine the second-round standings.
Teams finishing in first through fourth places in the second round will qualify for the quarterfinals, with the opportunity to advance to the semifinals and finals. The medal round will be played in Klaipeda, with the quarterfinals held on July 26, semifinals slated for July 27 and the gold medal game on July 28.
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