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.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun