A USA Women’s All-Star Basketball team is leaving for China to participate in the Four Nations International Basketball Tournament. The team, organized and coached by NetScouts Basketball, will play a round-robin format in two cities for a total of six games against national teams of China, the Czech Republic and the Canadian World University team. The team will first play three games in Huangshi in Hubei Province from June 22-24. They will then head to Ganzhou in Jiangxi Province to play three games from June 26-28. The team will depart from SFO on June 18th and return to the United States on June 29th.
The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars include: Shannon Smith, 5’7, PG, (Michigan), Haiden Palmer, 5’8, G (Gonzaga/WNBA/Israel), Angela Rodriguez, 5’8, PG (Wisconsin-Milwaukee/Poland), Tear’A Laudermill, 5’9, G (Nebraska), D’Shara Strange, 5’10, G (Northern Colorado), Emily Burns, 6’0, G/F (Nevada), Kendall Kenyon, 6’2, F (Pacific), Jen Reese, 6’2, F (Colorado), Nikki Greene, 6’4, PF/C (Penn State/WNBA/Korea) and Cierra Warren, 6’5, C (San Diego State/WNBA/Bulgaria). The team will be coached by Bobby Ratterree of Northeastern (CO) Junior College and assisted by Bianca Ziemann of Santa Clara.
Smith was a two-year starter at Michigan and averaged 14.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.4 apg and 1.7 spg this past season. She helped lead Michigan to the semifinals of the WNIT.
Palmer was a double-figure scorer her three years at Gonzaga and was 1st team All-WCC averaging 19.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 3.5 apg her senior season. She was drafted by the Indiana Fever of the WNBA and played in Israel where she averaged over 15 ppg this past season..
Rodriguez was a four-year starter at UW-Milwaukee averaging in double-figures each year. She averaged a career-high 17.1 ppg and 5.6 apg her senior season. She played in Poland this past year.
Laudermill completed her career at Nebraska in 2014-15 with career highs in points (13.6 pg), rebounds (3.4 pg), assists (2.3 pg) and steals (1.4 pg).
Strange was the All-Big Sky Conference co-Player of the Year in 2014-15 as she averaged 16.7 points and 9.0 rebounds. She scored in double-figures her last 25 games.
Burns helped Nevada on both ends of the court this year averaging 8.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
Kenyon was named to the WCC 1st team the past two seasons. She averaged a double-double both years (16.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg in 2013-14 and 13.9 ppg, 11.3 rpg in 2014-15). She ended her college career with a 28-point, 21-rebound performance in the WNIT.
Reese was a four-year starter for Colorado finishing up her career this season averaging 12.9 points and 6.9 rebounds while shooting 86.4% from the free throw line. She scored a season-high 30 points against UCLA.
Greene takes her second China tour representing the USA after spending time with Los Angeles and Phoenix of the WNBA. After a solid career at Penn State she has played in Korea, Israel and most recently Poland.
Warren was named to the All-Mountain West 1st team after averaging 15.4 points and 6.4 rebounds at San Diego State in 2013-14 after transferring from Louisville. In her first professional season in Bulgaria she averaged 27.0 points and 16.6 rebounds and had high games of 45 points and 22 rebounds.
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.
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