USC Newcomer Aarika Hughes Invited To U.S. Under-20 National Team Trials

May 10, 2006

Incoming freshman Aarika Hughes will be getting some added elite experience on her way into Troy, having been invited to the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team Trials. Hughes joins 36 other women's basketball players from around the nation to vie for the 12 spots held for the U-20 squad that will compete at the FIBA Americas U20 Championship in August. The trials are set for May 18-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Hughes is a 6-1 forward out of Southridge High School in Beaverton, Ore. Along with Hailey Dunham, Jacki Gemelos and Morghan Medlock, Hughes is a member of the USC women's basketball team's standout incoming freshman class, which was ranked the top recruiting class in the nation. Hughes was an All-State first team selection in 2005, and as a junior she helped lead her Southridge HS team through an undefeated season.

Hughes already has some experience competing at the national level as a participant in the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival along with future Trojan teammates Gemelos and Medlock. Out of the 37 invitees to the U-20 trials, Hughes is one of just five players finishing their senior years of high school. The U-20 squad is led by Michigan State University coach Joanne P. McCallie.

Trials begin May 18 with a 5:30-7:30 p.m. (all times MDT) session. May 19-20 will feature two-a-days from 8:30-11:00 a.m. and 4:30-7:00 p.m. each day. Trials will conclude with an 8:00 a.m. session on May 21, followed by the announcement of USA team finalists.

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