Before arriving at Louisville this fall, Mariya Moore will spend her summer training and playing with some of the nation's top young basketball players.

The Salesian High senior was selected to the USA under-18 women's national team after impressing during tryouts over Memorial Day weekend.

It's the first USA basketball selection for Moore, the East Bay Player of the Year and a McDonald's All-American. The 6-foot wing led Salesian to a state championship game three straight years, including the Open Division final this past season.

Twenty-nine of the country's top young players — mostly graduating high school seniors — were invited to try out for Team USA at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. and 12 were chosen. St. Mary's senior and Cal signee Mikayla Cowling also participated in the trials.

The U-18 team will compete at the FIBA Americas tournament in Colorado Springs Aug. 6-10.

The team will be coached by South Carolina's Dawn Staley with Moore's future Louisville head coach, Jeff Walz, one of the assistants.

Tryouts for the U-17 women's team also took place over the weekend, and Miramonte's Sabrina Ionescu was named as an alternate. The trials began with 145 athletes competing for a spot on the 12-player squad.

Ionescu, a sophomore, was part of the U-16 team last summer.



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