Womhoops Guru

Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Guru Report: USABasketball U19 List and More Doty Trick Shots

By Mel Greenberg

Moving along in quasi-boredom as the start of WNBA camps next week remain awaited here is a list of the invitees who have accepted invitations to the U19 trials later this month at the United States Olympic Training Center at Colorado Springs, Colo., May 22-25.

The World University Games list is not out yet though Delaware has already announced that Elena Delle Donne has accepted her invitation to the trials which will be held concurrently with the U19 trials.

If cheap plane fares to Denver don’t vanish in the next 24-48 hours, the Guru is contemplating a trip to the trials, though that will mean missing the first WNBA exhibition game of the New York Liberty that will become Jerseyized with its initial game in the Prudential Center in Newark the next three summers while Madison Square Garden undergoes renovations.
Other games that were and remain on the Guru’s original preseason look were a Washington morning game the next day after the Mystics visit New York and three Connecticut Sun games, including one at the other Mohegan Sun that Thursday night in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Meanwhile, here’s the list of the U19 invitees with acceptances off the USABasketball website.

U19 list

Only U.S. citizens who are 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1992) are eligible for the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship Team.

Accepting invitations to the 2011 USA U19 World Championship Team Trials are: Jordan Adams (Mater Dei H.S. / Irvine, Calif.); Cierra Burdick (Butler H.S. / Matthews, N.C.); Briyona Canty (Trenton Catholic Academy / Willingboro, N.J.); Andraya Carter (Buford H.S. / Flowery Branch, Ga.); Diamond DeShields (Norcross H.S. / Norcross, Ga.); Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut / Port Jervis, N.Y.); Aaryn Ellenberg (Oklahoma / Las Vegas, Nev.); Chassidy Fussell (Texas / Troy, Tenn.); Karla Gilbert (Texas A&M / College Station, Texas); Bashaara Graves (Clarksville H.S. / Clarksville, Tenn.); Bria Hartley (Connecticut / North Babylon, N.Y.); Justine Hartman (Brea Olinda H.S. / Brea, Calif.); Kaneisha Horn (Alabama / Birmingham, Ala.); Malina Howard (Twinsburg H.S. / Twinsburg, Ohio); Moriah Jefferson (Texas Home Educators Sports Association / Glenn Heights, Texas); Alexis Jones (Irving MacArthur H.S. / Irving, Texas); Betnijah Laney (Smyrna H.S. / Clayton, Del.); Allyson Malott (Madison H.S. / Middletown, Ohio); Tyaunna Marshall (Georgia Tech / Upper Marlboro, Md.); Ariel Massengale (Bolingbrook H.S. / Bolingbrook, Ill.); Khaalidah Miller (Georgia / Atlanta, Ga.); Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Mater Dei H.S. / Anaheim, Calif.); Cassie Peoples (Cy-Fair H.S. / Houston, Texas); Theresa Plaisance (LSU / Marrero, La.); Shoni Schimmel (Louisville / Mission, Ore.); Meighan Simmons (Tennessee / Cibolo, Texas); Odyssey Sims (Baylor / Irving, Texas); Bria Smith (Christ the King H.S. / Massapequa, N.Y.); Imani Stafford (Winward H.S. / Los Angeles, Calif.); Breanna Stewart (Cicero-North Syracuse H.S. / North Syracuse, N.Y.); Kiah Stokes (Linn-Mar H.S. / Marion, Iowa); Alyssa Thomas (Maryland / Harrisburg, Pa.); Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook H.S. / Bolingbrook, Ill.); Alexyz Vaioletama (Mater Dei H.S. / Fountain Valley, Calif.); and Elizabeth Williams (Princess Anne H.S. / Virginia Beach, Va.).

Doty Trick Shots Redux

UConn junior to be Caroline Doty of Germantown Academy in the Philadelphia suburbs has another set of trick shots in a new video follow-up to the sensation she caused with her first production near the end of the season.

Doty of Doylestown, Pa., missed the entire season on the court due to a third ACL injury incurred last summer.

Here’s a link if you haven’t already seen it but first, this thought, does that mean another follow-up to Penn State sophomore to be Maggie Lucas is not far behind the one she produced prior to the opening round of the NCAA tournament?

And now the Doty link and the Guru will return when warranted, though he will be at the Connecticut Sun media day next week – hey it’s preseason and the Guru has to get back into shape traveling to Uncasville.

The Doty link which connects at the Guru’s Hartford Courant colleague John Altavilla blog:

http://blogs.courant.com/uconn_womens_basketball/2011/05/yet-another-trick-shot-video-f.html

-- Later
-- Mel

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