May 7, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Incoming freshman Katelynn Flaherty (Point Pleasant Beach, N.J./Metuchen) of the University of Michigan women's basketball has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2014 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team Trials, USA Basketball announced Wednesday (May 7). The trials, scheduled to be held May 24-26 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, will be used to select the 12-member team that will compete in the USA Basketball-hosted 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship at the USOTC from Aug. 6-10.
Flaherty will join head coach Kim Barnes Arico at the trials, as Barnes Arico was previously selected as an assistant coach for the U18 National Team. Barnes Arico joins head coach Dawn Staley (South Carolina) and assistant coach Jeff Walz (Louisville) on the sidelines this summer.
Flaherty signed her National Letter of Intent in the fall to join the Wolverines for the upcoming season. As a junior at Point Pleasant Beach, she averaged 30.3 points, 5.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 3.5 steals as a junior at Point Pleasant, leading her team to its first-ever Group 1 state title. After playing her first two seasons at Manasquan, she transferred to Point Pleasant Beach and helped the team to one of the best single-season turnarounds ever. Point Pleasant was 4-14 in 2011-12 before Flaherty helped the team to a 26-2 record in 2012-13. Flaherty scored 30 points on 9-for-18 shooting from the floor and a 9-for-10 showing at the free throw line in the NJSIAA Group 1 final, as Point Pleasant Beach hung on for a 56-54 win over Bloomfield Tech for the state title. She is ranked as the No. 19 prospect by the ASGR, received four stars by HoopGurlz and was selected to the 2012-13 MSG All-Metro First Team.
She transferred to Metuchen during her senior season but missed time with a foot injury.
The six trials sessions will be held in Sports Center 1, with two sessions on May 24, starting at 11 a.m. (all times are MDT) and 4 p.m. The May 25 sessions tip off at 10:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; while on May 26, trials will begin at 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., followed by the U18 team announcement that evening.
The 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean, including: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States. The top four finishing teams will qualify for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women.
Players eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.
Contact: Sarah VanMetre