Sun guard Kara Lawson, who played for the 2008 Olympic team was in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday as a member of the 2013-16 USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee that will be selecting both the 2013 USA U19 World Championship and USA World University Games teams.
Both teams are out there trying out for this summer’s teams. That includes five UConn players – Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson are competing for U19 spots. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Bria Hartley are contestants for the World University Games team.
Before leaving for this afternoon’s preseason game against the New York Liberty in Newark, Lawson she talked to the U19 trials participants about what it means to represent USA Basketball and what they need to do during trials in order to make a team
“I told them I was familiar with where they are, having tried out for USA Basketball teams in high school and college,” Lawson said Saturday. “I understand the various emotions going on inside them.
“Obviously, I’ve also had the opportunity to make [national] teams. I explained to them what those teams were like to play on. I realize there were a lot of players there [in U19 camp] that have played [nationally] before. But there are many that haven’t. I just tried to offer them my perspective of what it means to play USA Basketball and what the atmosphere was like on those teams that were successful.”
Those who make the team will be announced on Sunday morning.