Joanne Boyle to Help Choose USA U18 National Team
May 25, 2010
BERKELEY - California head coach Joanne Boyle is a member of the USA Basketball selection committee that will choose members for the 2010 Under-18 National Team during trials set for June 8-11 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Among the 26 elite high school athletes who have accepted invitations to participate are two members of the Golden Bears' incoming freshman class - Afure Jemerigbe and Lindsay Sherbert.
The 26 players will battle for one of 12 roster spots on the U18 National Team that will compete in the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women June 23-27 in Colorado Springs. Players eligible for this competition must be a U.S. citizen born on or after Jan. 1, 1992.
'The committee is certainly excited to have this talented group of players from which to select our 2010 USA U18 Women's National Team,' said Sue Donohoe, chair of the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee. 'We have 26 talented athletes and depth at every position. It will be a competitive trials, and the USA will be well represented at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women.'
Boyle's inclusion on the selection committee adds to her growing list of assignments with USA Basketball. She served as an assistant coach for the USA team that competed in the 2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship for Women, helping the squad, which included Cal post Devanei Hampton, to a 5-0 record and a gold medal.
Boyle was named to the USA Junior National Team Committee in 2009, a post she will hold through the 2012 season. The Women's Junior National Team committees select coaches and athletes for USA Basketball college-aged competitions, which include the FIBA U19 World Championships, the FIBA Americas U18 Championships, the World University Games and the Pan American Games.
Both Jemerigbe, out of St. Mary's High School in Stockton, and Sherbert, from Temecula's Great Oak HS, played in the 2010 McDonald's All-America game in March, as well as the WBCA All-America game in April. In addition, Jemerigbe was named a second-team All-American by Parade Magazine and USA Today, while Sherbert was a third-team Parade All-America choice.
Hartford's Jennifer Rizzotti will serve as head coach of the U18 squad, and she will be assisted by Florida State head coach Sue Semrau and Central Florida head coach Joi Williams.
In addition to Boyle and Donohoe, other members of the Junior National Team Committee are Coquese Washington (Penn State head coach), Connie Yori (Nebraska head coach) and athlete representative Beth Cunningham (1999 USA Pan American Games Team member).
For a complete roster and more information, visit the USA Basketball website.