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Coach Jeff Walz To Lead 2018 USA Basketball Women’s U18 Team

Louisville head coach Jeff Walz has been tabbed as the head coach for the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s U18 team.

Delaware’s Natasha Adair and UCLA’s Cori Close will serve as his assistant coaches.

The trio will lead the team at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. The top four finishing teams earn a qualifying berth into next summer’s 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.

The dates have yet to be announced for this summer’s contest.

“I am extremely excited to get the opportunity to work with USA Basketball again,” said Walz. “I had an amazing experience last summer in Japan as the head coach of the U23 team, and I have spent time with USA Basketball the past three summers. Working with USA Basketball is something that I have always dreamed of doing, and I look forward to leading the U18 team this summer. USA Basketball possesses impeccable standards and a winning tradition, and it is an honor to once again be entrusted with such an important role.”

 

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The Asia Show: Durr Checks In From USA Training

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PassThaBall.com captured A’ja Wilson (S. Carolina) and Asia Durr having fun at USA Training.
The duo showed their goofy personality while talking about the experience to compete with WNBA players.

For more, see PassThaBall’s write up.

Pass The Ball: A’ja + Asia = Comedy

Asia Durr Speaks After Day One of Team USA Training Camp

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Louisville junior guard, Asia Durr, completed her first day of practice at the USA Basketball National Team Training Camp.

Durr is just one of five collegiate All-Americans included on the training camp roster. The remaining 25 spots are filled with WNBA players.

Below is a transcript of Durr’s comments after day one:

How did the first practice with the USA National Team go for you?
The first practice has been good. I’m just trying to learn from the greats, from the vets. So, it’s been pretty good. It’s definitely going to be a learning experience for me, so that’s all I’m trying to do is learn.

Have you been picking anyone’s brains for pointers?

I’ve been trying to, yes. Sue Bird has been great as a leader of this camp, so I’m just trying to follow her lead.

How much do you think this will help you going into the season?

I think this is going to help out a whole lot, learning from the greats and I can hopefully take that back to my team.
Durr, along with 29 other players, are training daily at 10 AM PST.

Transcript provided by UofL Athletics.

Breaking: Asia Durr Invited to 2017 USA Women’s National Team Training Camp

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Louisville Guard, Asia Durr, is one of 30 athletes who have accepted an invitation to participate in the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s National Team training camp.
Durr is only one of five collegiate All-Americans to receive an invite. The remaining 25 players will come from the WNBA.

“It means a lot to be able to continue to be a part of USA Basketball,” Durr said. “Every time I’m involved I am honored because I get a chance to represent my country.”
The invite marks Durr’s fourth go-around with USA Basketball.

Most recently, Durr led the U-23 National Team to a 3-0 record at the Four Nations Tournament in Tokyo, Japan. She led the team with 12.7 ppg.

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Coach Walz To Serve As Court Coach For The 2017 USA National Team Training Camp

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Louisville Women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz has been selected to serve as the court coach for the 2017 USA National Team Training Camp.
This marks Coach Walz fourth USA Basketball assignment. Coach Walz previously served as an assistant coach for the gold-medal 2014 USA U18 National Team and the 2015 USA U19 World Championship Team. He most recently served as the head coach for the gold medal winning 2017 USA U23 National Team.

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Asia Durr Makes U-23 Team USA

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Louisville, KY — Asia Durr was one of 12 women named to the inaugural USA Basketball U-23 team.

The USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee selected the 12 woman roster on Friday.

The team, led by Louisville head coach Jeff Walz, will continue training at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs through August 7th. The team will then fly to Toyoko to compete in the U-23 Four Nations Tournament.

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Kylee Shook Invited To USA Basketball U-19 Trials

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Incoming sophomore Kylee Shook is one of 33 student-athletes invited to the USA Basketball U-19 World Cup Team Trials.

Shook is set to fly out to Colorado Springs, Colorado, her hometown, to compete for a spot on the 12 woman roster. The trials will begin on May 18th and end on May 21st.

Once the team is selected, it will contend for its seventh-consecutive gold medal from July 22nd-30th in Cividale del Friuli and Udine, Italy.

Shook played in 35 games during her freshman season and averaged 5.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, and a team-best 1.0 blocks per game. Her 34 blocks on the season falls at third among freshman in school history.

Stay tuned to Cardinal Sports Zone for further information as Kylee Shook competes for a spot on the U-19 team.

Chinanu Onuaku Makes USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The summer has gotten off to a good start for Louisville sophomore Chinanu Onuaku. Not only has he improved his free throw shooting by going with the underhanded shot, but he went and tried out for the USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team with 20 other players and ended up making the final roster of 12.

From GoCards.com:

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Chinanu Onuaku one of sixteen finalists for USA U19 World Championship Team

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Louisville sophomore Chinanu Onuaku is in Colorado Springs, Colorado trying to make the USA U19 World Championship Team. Training camp began with 21 players and Onuaku survived the first cut that took it down to 16 finalists. The team will eventually be cut down to a final roster of 12 players when camp ends on June 21.

From usab.com, here are the final 16 players:

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Chinanu Onuaku selected to participate in the U19 USA Basketball Camp

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Sophomore Center Chinanu Onuaku was selected as one of 24 players who will be participating in the USA basketball Men’s U19 training camp that will be held in Colorado June 12-26. This camp is a try out to make the 12 man team that will go on to play in the FIBA U19 World Championships later this month in Greece.

The team now coached by Arizona’s Sean Miller is the same team that Montrezl Harrell was a member of in 2013. That summer really helped take Trez’s game to another level and you have to think Pitino hopes to see the same from Nanu.

From Press Release per Louisville SID Kenny Klein:

The 6-10, 230-pound Onuaku from Lanham, Md., started 26 games as a freshman in helping the Cardinals post a 27-9 record last season, reaching the final eight teams in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last eight years. An All-ACC Academic team selection, Onuaku averaged 3.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and was ninth in the ACC with 42 blocked shots last season.