Barrett Named USA U19 Team Finalist
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- LSU forward LaSondra Barrett was named one of 14 finalists for the 2009 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship Team following the completion of a three-day training camp on Sunday afternoon at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
“Words can’t explain,” Barrett said. “This is a great honor. I never dreamed that I would make it this far. This is probably the biggest honor you could ask for above any NCAA honor or any individual honor. Knowing you’re representing your country and you’re on a team of great girls and great players. You couldn’t ask for more.”
Twenty seven of the nation’s top 19-and-under players were invited to the camp before the list was trimmed to 14. The finalists will return to Colorado Springs on July 9 to begin training for the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship, which will be held July 23-Aug. 2 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The eventual 12-member team will be finalized prior to the team’s departure for Thailand. The athlete selections were made by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by NCAA representative Sue Donohoe, Vice President for Division I Women’s Basketball.
Barrett, a native of Jackson, Miss., ranked second on LSU in points per game with 11.4 while leading the Lady Tigers in rebounds with 5.7 per contest. She was named Southeastern Conference Co-Freshman of the Year and she became the first multi-time SEC Freshman of the Week in school history in 2009.
“I just tried to be a team player and do the things that aren’t on the stat sheet,” Barrett said. “The small things that make bigger plays, looking at the bigger picture. I played my hardest and that’s all I could ask for, knowing I left the court having played my best.”