May 7, 2014
Incoming Vanderbilt freshman Paris Kea is one of 28 top players who has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2014 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team Trials.
The list of invitees was announced Wednesday by USA Basketball.
"I am excited for Paris to get this opportunity to compete against the elite players in the country," said Vanderbilt head coach Melanie Balcomb about Paris, the 5-9 standout from Greensboro, N.C. "This is a well-deserved honor, and I am looking forward to seeing her bring this experience back to Vanderbilt."
Kea recently completed a record-breaking career at Page High in Greensboro, where she was a three-time AP All-State First Team selection. This season, as a senior, she averaged 24.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. She shot 46 percent from 3-point range and recorded 11 double-doubles.
The U18 National Team trials, scheduled to be held May 24-26 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Col., will be used to select the 12-member team that will compete in the USA Basketball-hosted 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship from Aug. 6-10.
Kea is a member of Vanderbilt's 2014 heralded five-player recruiting class that was ranked among the best in the nation.
Invitations to the National Team Trials were issued by the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Jim Foster, the head coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and former Vanderbilt head coach.
The list of invitees includes USA Basketball gold medalists Receé Caldwell (Homeschooled / San Antonio, Texas); Brianna Turner (Manvel H.S / Pearland, Texas); and A'ja Wilson (Heathwood Hall H.S. / Hopkins, S.C.).
Also scheduled to attend the USA U18 National Team Trials are: Lyneé Belton (The Bullis School / Clinton, Md.); Monique Billings (Santiago H.S. / Corona, Calif.); Sierra Calhoun (Christ the King H.S. / Brooklyn, N.Y.); Batouly Camara (Blair Academy / New York, N.Y.); Napheesa Collier (Incarnate Word Academy / O'Fallon, Mo.); Mikayla Cowling (St. Mary's College H.S. / Benicia, Calif.); Sophie Cunningham (Rock Bridge H.S. / Columbia, Mo.); LaJahna Drummer (Long Beach Poly H.S. / Inglewood, Calif.); Kortney Dunbar (Edwardsville H.S. / Edwardsville, Ill.); Katelynn Flaherty (Metuchen H.S. / Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.); Jamasha `Meme' Jackson (Blackman H.S. / Murfreesboro, Tenn.); Jazmine Jones (Florida A&M H.S. / Tallahassee, Fla.); Moné Jones (Riverside H.S. / Durham, N.C.); Kyra Lambert (Samuel Clemens H.S. / Schertz, Texas); Marina Mabrey (Manasquan H.S. / Manasquan, N.J.); Teaira McCowan (Brenham H.S. / Brenham, Texas); Beatrice Mompremier (Miami H.S. / Miami, Fla.); Mariya Moore (Salesian H.S. / Richmond, Calif.); Ali Patberg (Columbus North H.S. / Columbus, Ind.); Cierra Porter (Rock Bridge H.S. / Columbia, Mo.); Jessica Shepard (Fremont H.S. / Fremont, Neb.); Azura Stevens (Cary H.S. / Raleigh, N.C.); Destinee Walker (Lake Highland Prep School / Ocoee, Fla.); and Stephanie Watts (Weddington H.S. / Wesley Chapel, N.C).
For the official release from USA Basketball -- click here.