COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 21, 2012) -- Incoming Baylor freshman forward Alexis Prince (Edgewater HS / Orlando, Fla.) is one of 12 players selected to the 2012 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee. The selections, pared from 26 invitees, were made after five trials sessions held May 19-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
In addition to Prince, the 12-member squad includes Lexie Brown (North Gwinnett H.S. / Suwanee, Ga.), Kendall Cooper (St. Anthony H.S. / Carson, Calif.), Bashaara Graves (Clarksville H.S. / Clarksville, Tenn.), Allisha Gray (Washington County H.S / Sandersville, Ga.), Moriah Jefferson (Texas Home Educators Sports Association / Glenn Heights, Texas), Michaela Mabrey (Manasquan H.S. / Belmar, N.J.), Imani Stafford (Winward School / Los Angeles, Calif.), Breanna Stewart (Cicero-North H.S. / North Syracuse, N.Y.), Brittney Sykes (University H.S. / Newark, N.J.), Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook H.S./ Bolingbrook, Ill.) and Jannah Tucker (New Town H.S. / Randallstown, Md.).
The team will regroup at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., for its first training camp from May 28-June 1. The USA squad will then return to the USOTC for its final training camp Aug. 4-12, prior to traveling to Puerto Rico for the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
The U18 Championship, held in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, Aug. 15-19, will see the three medal-winning teams secure a berth in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women. The 2013 U19 Worlds will be hosted by Lithuania, July 18-28. The FIBA Americas U18 Championship will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1994.
“This has always been a goal of mine, and this is just the first step. I always wanted to play for USA Basketball, and to finally get a chance, I’m not going to take it for granted,” said Prince.
Prince earned selections as a McDonald's All-American, Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-American, Gatorade Florida High School Player of the Year, Florida Association of Basketball Coaches Player of the Year and was a member of the 2012 ESPN Hoopgurlz Eastern All-Star Team. She also was ranked as one of the top 40 players in the nation in the Class of 2012 by Blue Star Basketball (10th), ESPN Hoopgurlz (16th) and All-Star Girls Report (16th). In addition, Prince was named Most Valuable Player of the McDonald's All-American basketball game leading the victorious East team with 15 points and nine rebounds. She connected on 6-of-10 field goal attempts and was 3-for-3 from the 3-point line.
While leading the Edgewater Fighting Eagles to a 28-4 record and the Class 6A state championship this past season, Prince averaged 19.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.6 steals, 3.1 blocks and 2.6 assists per game. She shot 51.7 percent from the field, 37.9 percent from 3-point range and 72.6 percent from the free throw line.