Aberdeen's Stephanie Jones invited to U.S. U16 team basketball trials

Aberdeen freshman Stephanie Jones is one of 33 players who have accepted invitations to try out for the USA Basketball women's under-16 national team later this month in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Jones, a 6-foot-1 All-Metro forward, led the No. 2 Eagles to the Class 3A state championship in March, averaging 17.3 points and 9.2 rebounds. Although she plays strong on the inside, Jones could also handle the ball and hit 3-pointers.

Jones' quickness and versatility were keys to the Eagles' stifling defense and quick-strike offense after her sister, 6-foot-3 Maryland-bound senior Brionna Jones, was lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in January.

Stephanie scored a career-high 33 points and had 21 rebounds in the 73-45 North regional championship victory over No. 7 City in a game the Eagles trailed at the half.

The national team trials will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center from May 23-27. In addition to the 33 players invited, another 100 to 125 girls will be added through open application.

One other player from Maryland was also invited: sophomore DeJanae Boykins from C.H. Flowers High School in Prince George’s County.

A full list of the invitees can be found here.

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