Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Providence Day star picked for USA Basketball national team

Providence Day freshman Jatarie White is one of three underclassmen selected for the USA Basketball U16 team.

The 12-player team will compete in the FIBA Americas qualifying tournament in Merida, Mexico June 21-25. The FIBA U17 World Championships will be held Aug. 17-26 in Rotterdam, Nethterlands.

White, a 6-foot-3 center, was second on Providence Day’s team in scoring (11.0 points) and rebounds (7.7) behind junior Tiffany Mitchell (18 points, 8 rebounds). Mitchell is a 5-foot-11 guard committed to South Carolina.

The pair helped Providence Day repeat as N.C. Independent Schools 3A champions.

White follows former Butler star Cierra Burdick on the USA national team. Burdick won gold medals with national teams following her sophomore and junior seasons.