St. Frances' Angel Reese among finalists for USA Under-17 World Cup basketball team

St. Frances sophomore Angel Reese was named one of 18 finalists Monday for a dozen spots on the USA Basketball Women’s Under-17 World Cup team.

She will remain in Colorado Springs, Colo., to continue trying out through Wednesday. The final 12 should be announced Wednesday or Thursday.

While 158 players tried out from Thursday through Monday at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Reese was one of just 34 who were invited. The others applied for inclusion.

Should Reese make the team, she would return to the Olympic Training Center on July 4-20. The U.S. team then heads to Minsk, Belarus, to compete in the FIBA U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup on July 21-29.

Reese, 6 feet 3, is a two-time first-team All-Metro selection. She averaged 17.6 points and 12.1 rebounds and had 20 double doubles this past winter for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference champions. A versatile player, she also handled the ball at times and led the Panthers in assists with 3.1.

In last month’s Capital Classic, she led the United States Future Stars to a 115-80 victory over the Capital All-Stars, who were all seniors. She had 22 points and 18 rebounds and was named Most Valuable Player.

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