Ionescu Added To U.S. U-17 Team

UConn Class of 2016 target Sabrina Ionescu has been added to the USA Basketball U-17 World Championship Team, USA Basketball has announced. The move was made when Te’a Cooper was unable to compete due to illness.

Ionescu, who won a gold medal as a member of the U.S. U-16 team last year, had been training with the U-17 team as an alternate.

“Sabrina was chosen as an alternate for a reason,’’ U-17 World Championship Team coach Sue Phillips said. “She obviously exhibits a certain skill set that can help our team with her ability to shoot the three and get after it defensively.”

Ionescu will be joined on the U-17 World Championship Team by UConn 2015 commits De’Janae Boykin and Katie Lou Samuelson, Class of 2015 targets Asia Durr and Arike Ogunbowale and fellow Class of 2016 target Lauren Cox.

The team will compete in an exhibition tournament in Nogent sur Seine, France Friday through Sunday. The FIBA U-17 World Championship will be held in the Czech Republic June 28 through July 6.

The U.S, which is seeking its third straight FIBA U-17 World Championship gold medal, will meet China June 28, France June 29 and Mali July 1 in preliminary round play. Every team will then be seeded within their groups and will advance to the Round of 16 July 2.

The quarterfinals will be held July 4. The semifinals and the gold medal game will be played July 5 and July 6, respectively.