Gabby Green is spending her summer vacation traveling to exotic locations and playing basketball with some of the top young players in the world.

And she's doing it with the words Team USA splashed across her jersey for the first time.

A standout at St. Mary's High since her freshman year, Green is now making her mark on the international stage as one of the youngest players on the women's under-19 national team. The squad, comprised mostly of college players, is seeking a title at the FIBA World Championships, which began July 18 in Lithuania.

Green, a slender 6-foot-1 guard, is one of just three players on the team still in high school. Her new teammates include Breanna Stewart, who starred in Connecticut's NCAA championship run, and several other prominent college players like Duke's Alexis Jones and UConn's Moriah Jefferson.

"It's a big learning experience, just playing with all these great players," Green said. "It was kind of hard at the beginning because they are all more experienced than I am, but now everyone is settling in and everything is getting easier and plays are coming together."

Just making the team was a major thrill for Green, who had attended try outs for USA basketball teams twice in the past without making the cut.

When she arrived at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in May for the under-19 team trials, Green said she concentrated on getting rebounds and doing the little things rather than trying to score the most points.

Her size on the perimeter was also a major plus.


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"She played very within herself and showed how a great teammate she is," said Katie Meier, the under-19 team coach who also coaches at Miami. "That's where I think she elevated her game. We have some tremendous posts and she just kept feeding them."

Team USA prepared for the world championships with a week-and-a-half of training in Colorado Springs. Then they headed to the Canary Islands, where they won the Lanzarote International Invitational earlier this month.

Green came off the bench, averaging 12 minutes, and was an asset to Team USA's transition game. Meier has also been pleased with Green's hustle, energy and attitude.

"She asks really high-level questions," Meier said. "She's a very bright, very positive kid."

Basketball runs in the family for Green, whose parents are each over 6 feet tall and are former players. Green started playing in elementary school and was already pushing 6 feet and on the radar of college coaches by the time she began her freshman year at St. Mary's.

Her game is developing further this summer as she plays with other budding stars against international competition.

"I just want to take in everything people have taught me here and hopefully help (St. Mary's) win a state championship," she said.

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