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Syracuse Signee to Attend USA Basketball U19 National Team Trials

Syracuse women’s basketball commit Alyssa Latham is one of 24 athletes expected to participate in the 2023 USA Women’s U19 National Team trials at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., announced by USA Basketball Monday afternoon.

The 6-foot-2 forward from Chicago signed with Felisha Legette-Jack and the Orange last November and will arrive on campus this summer for her freshman season.

Latham is one of 10 athletes representing the 2023 class and is the first Syracuse player to be invited to U19 trials since Brittney Sykes (WNBA Washington Mystics) in 2013.

Ranked No. 72 in her class by ESPN HoopGurlz, Latham is a four-star recruit. She helped Homewood-Flossmoor to the playoffs of the Illinois State Championships (Class 4A) and a 19-7 record and 7-1 conference mark.

Following her senior season, Latham was named the 2022-23 Daily Southtown Girls Basketball Player of the Year and was invited to the Who’s Next? All-America Game at the 2023 Women’s Final Four in Dallas.

Trials begin May 12 with the 12-member team expected to be announced on May 15. The 2023 FIBA U19 Women’s World Cup is scheduled for July 15-23 in Madrid.

Joni Taylor (Texas A&M University) will serve as the USA’s head coach along with assistants DeLisha Milton-Jones (Old Dominion University) and Teri Moren (Indiana University).

Helping as court coaches during trials will be Jennie Baranczyk (University of Oklahoma) and Niele Ivey (Notre Dame University). Baranczyk was previously a court coach at the 2017 U19 National Team trials while Ivey will serve in her first USA Basketball appointment.

Twenty-two of the 24 athletes have previous USA Basketball experience. Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens, born on or after January 1, 2004.  

The 2023 FIBA U19 Women’s World Cup features 16 teams. Recently, FIBA announced that the U.S. drew Group B with Chinese Taipei, Germany and Mali. For more information, click here.

The USA has won the gold medal at the competition in eight of the last nine editions, including the last two. The event, now in its 15th staging, will be the first FIBA competition to use an innovative glass floor court.

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