Incoming UK freshman Linnae Harper was one of 12 players named to the USA Basketball women’s under-19 team Sunday.
Harper — a point guard from Chicago — will compete in the World Championships in Lithuania from July 18-28. She has already won gold medals as a member of last year’s under-17 World Championship team and the 2011 FIBA Americas under-16 championship team.
This year’s squad was selected after a four-day tryout that wrapped up Sunday in Colorado Springs.
“Just being here the last day, everyone was anxious and ready to hear their name called,” Harper said. “Every year I’ve been here I’m always nervous, my stomach feels like it is dropping and spinning, lack of rest, then to hear my name called was a big relief. I was so excited.
“This is another opportunity to represent our country and be with another group of girls I’ve never played with, a mixture of college and high school, and I really can’t wait to spend a nice month with them.”
Harper is one of six high schoolers to make the squad. She committed to play for Kentucky last fall and is Coach Matthew Mitchell’s highest-rated prospect in his tenure at UK.
ESPN ranks Harper as the No. 5 overall player and No. 2 point guard in the class of 2013. She is one of two McDonald’s All-Americans — along with Marion County’s Makayla Epps — in UK’s recruiting class.
Other members of the USA under-19 squad include Candice Agee (Penn State), Nia Coffey (Northwestern signee), Bashaara Graves (Tennessee), Gabby Green (2014 recruit), Moriah Jefferson (Connecticut), Alexis Jones (Duke), Kelsey Plum (Washington signee), Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), Morgan Tuck (Connecticut), Brianna Turner (2014 recruit), A’ja Wilson (2014 recruit).
The team will be coached by Miami’s Katie Meier.