COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo -- Maryland women's basketball incoming freshman Shakira Austin earned an invitation to the USA Basketball U18 Team Trials in Colorado Springs later this month.
Austin (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverdale Baptist) is one of 36 of the nation's top players invited to the U.S. Olympic Training Center May 26-28. The 12-member 2018 USA Women’s U18 National Team is expected to be announced on May 28, and athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who are 18 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 2000).
The U18 Team will compete at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, for which the dates and location are still to be announced. The top four finishing teams at the championship will earn a qualifying berth into next summer’s 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.
The team members will return to Colorado Springs for training camp (dates to be determined), before the team departs for the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. For more on the trials, visit USAB.com.
Austin is a 6-5 forward that is ranked No. 3 overall and No. 2 forward by ESPN. She competed in the McDonalds All-America Game and the Jordan Brand Classic earlier this spring. She played junior and sophomore years at Colonial Forge High School, where she averaged 18.0 points and 12.3 rebounds per game and blocked 88 shots as a junior. She led Colonial Forge team to Class 6A state title and was named The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star Player of the Year. She transferred to Riverdale Baptist this season and she helped the Crusaders to the Independent School National Championship this past season.
Austin, Taylor Mikesell (Massillon, Ohio) and Olivia Owens (Niskayuna, N.Y.) make up the No. 4 class in the country next season. All three were McDonald's All-American nominees. Mikesell, a 5-9 guard, is ranked No. 32 overall and Owens, a 6-5 post, is ranked No. 33 overall by ESPN.