2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women
The 2012 U18 FIBA Americas Women's championship will be held Aug 15-19 in Puerto Rico.
Participants: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and USA.
The tournament will qualify the top three teams for the 2013 U19 World's championship.
USA list of 26 players that will attend the trials for the final team (May 19-21) has been announced:
US hopefuls roster is headed by nationally and internationally super decorated Breanna Stewart (3-time gold 2009 through 2011) and by ex gold medalists Bashaara Graves (2009 & 2010), Imani Stafford (2010) and Morgan Tuck (2010 & 2011).
To remark the absence from the roster of former gold medalists Jordan Adams and Alexis Jones.
USA Basketball has announced the 12 finalists.
Among them, some confirmations of experienced players (Stewart, Graves, Tuck, Stafford from previous teams and Mo Jefferson from previous trials) and some new players. Three finalists come as unselected from the U17 trials (Kendall Cooper, Allysha Gray and Jannah Tucker who was also a member of the 2011 U16 team). Like it has been the case of the U17 finalists, some players are quite low in the top rankings, but as the selection Committee Chair declared, "it was not so much taking the 12 best players, it was taking the 12 players that can come together to make the best team".
Groups composition of the 2012 Tournament (Gurabo, Puerto Rico, 15-19 Aug):
Gr A - Argentina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, USA
Gr B - Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico
The top-4 finishing teams will qualify to the 2013 U19 World's championship.
USA U18 team scrimmaged with the World's championship U17 team and won 73-66.