A USA Women’s All-Star Basketball team is leaving for China to participate in two international basketball tournaments. The team, organized and coached by NetScouts Basketball, will play a round-robin format in three cities for a total of nine games. The team will first play three games in Shenzhen, Guangdong against the national teams of New Zealand, Denmark and China. They will then head to Nan’an, Fujian Province and then to Jiangxi Province to play a total of six games against national teams of Australia, Slovenia and China. The team will depart from LAX on April 17th, play their first game in China on April 20th and return to the United States on May 2nd.
The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars are comprised of Ariel Thomas, 5’7, PG, (Oregon/Sacramento, CA), Alisha Filmore, 5’8, G (SMU/ Mansfield, TX), Arielle Wideman, 5’9, G (Nevada/Chino Hills, CA), Deja Mann, 5’7, G (Arizona State/Merced, CA), Amy Kame, 6’0, G (San Diego/Grand Junction, CO), Amber Moore, 5’11, G/F (Illinois/Detroit, MI), Camille Buckley, 6’1, F (UC-Irvine/Ontario, CA), Tabitha Gerardot, 6’2, F (Indiana/Ft. Wayne, IN), Joy Burke, 6’5, C (Arizona State/Tempe, AZ) and Molly Schlemer, 6’5, C (Cal Poly/Santa Maria, CA). The team will be coached by NetScouts Basketball’s Chris Denker. Ryan Johnson of Northern Colorado will be the assistant coach.
Thomas (13.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.5 apg) was a three year starter at point guard for the Ducks and led the team to the second round of the WNIT.
Filmore averaged 12.5 points per game for the Mustangs and was named to the All-Conference USA second team following the 2012-13 season.
Wideman adds depth to guard spot and averaged 10.5 ppg and 4.4 rpg while being named Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Conference.
Mann averaged 11.1 ppg and 3.3 rpg in helping Arizona State reach the third round of the NCAA Tournament where they lost to unbeaten Notre Dame. She was an All-Pac 12 second team selection and shot 37 percent from long distance.
Kame was named to the All-WCC first team after averaging 17.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg in leading San Diego (24-9) to the WNIT. She had a 31-point game against LMU and finished the season averaging 25 points over her final three games.
Moore was the leading scorer for Illinois this year (15.3 ppg) and shot 35.3 per cent on 249 three-pointers attempted. She scored 20+ points in seven games.
Buckley averaged a double-double (18.2 ppg, 11.9 rpg) and was named first team All-Big West. She averaged 20.7 ppg and 13.8 rpg in league play and pulled down a school record 26 rebounds against Cal Poly. She also set school records for most free throws made and attempted in one season and finished the year 11th nationally in rebounding.
Gerardot was a three year starter at Valparaiso before completing her eligibility at Indiana. She was second team All-Horizon League in 2012-13 after averaging 15.5 ppg and 9.2 rpg and scored at an 8.8 ppg clip for the Hoosiers this season.
Burke averaged 7.0 ppg and 4.5 rebounds in helping the Sun Devils to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. She had a 22-point, 15-rebound effort in a win against Oregon.
Schlemer averaged a double-double (16.9 ppg, 10.1 rpg) in leading the Mustangs to the WNIT. She scored 37 points on 16-of-20 shooting and grabbed 15 rebounds in a win over UCSB.
NetScouts Basketball organizes and coaches All-Star Men’s and Women’s teams which represent the USA in international basketball competition. This enables highly successful players who have recently completed their eligibility to represent their country, get experience playing international basketball and provide an amazing cultural experience.
Media inquiries can be directed to Carl Berman at (541) 359-9653(541) 359-9653. Information on NetScouts Basketball can be obtained on their website. Detailed articles on the tour will be found on the NetScouts Basketball Blog. Email [email protected] to get on the mailing list for tour related articles, information and photos.
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