Princeton High School sophomore Jackie Young has received an invite to try out for the USA Women’s U17 World Championship basketball team, per a tweet from N.D. Kendrick — an area basketball scout and director of the Pocket City AAU basketball program.
S/O to Princeton’s Jackie Young for receiving an invite to the USA U17 World Championship Team Trials May 22-26. She is a special talent!
— N.D. Kendrick (@NDkendrick) March 22, 2014
Young’s invitation should come as no surprise, considering she is No. 25 in ESPN’s rankings of prospects in the class of 2016. According to this informational link from USA Basketball, approximately 35 players that meet the age requirements are expected to receive invitations. Other prospects may apply for the tryouts, with as many as 150 athletes competing for spots May 22-26 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
We’ll keep tabs on Young during these tryouts, after which the final team will be selected. The USA squad has already qualified for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, scheduled to be held in Bratislava, Slovakia, from June 28-July 6.
This season, Young averaged 28.8 points, 12.2 rebounds and 6.5 assists in leading Princeton to a 21-1 record and the No. 1 ranking in Class 3A. She holds scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Purdue, Indiana, Louisville, Illinois and Vanderbilt, and has garnered interest from powerhouse programs such as Tennessee, Connecticut and Stanford.