Tummala to Compete for Spot on USA Basketball U18 National Team

The bench cheers after a basket in the team's 63-56 win over St. John's (Gil Talbot).
The bench cheers after a basket in the team's 63-56 win over St. John's (Gil Talbot).

Tummala will begin competing for a spot on the USA Basketball U18 National Team May 19 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women’s basketball incoming freshman Shilpa Tummala has accepted an invitation to attend the 2012 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team Trials.

Trials to select the 12-member USA squad will be held May 19-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. After arriving in Colorado on May 18, the participants will get on the court on May 19 at 8:30 a.m. (all times listed are MDT) and will hold their second session starting at 3:45 p.m. Following two sessions on May 20, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., the trials participants will compete in one final session on May 21 at 8:30 a.m. It is anticipated that the team will be announced at 11:00 a.m. on May 21. The team will regroup at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., for its first training camp from May 28 – June 2. The USA squad will then return to the USOTC for its final training camp Aug. 3-12, prior to traveling to Puerto Rico for the competition.

The USA U18 National Team will compete in the 2012 FIBA U18 Championship, held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Aug. 15-19, in hopes of securing a berth in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women (dates and site TBD). The FIBA Americas U18 Championship will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean, with the top three finishing teams qualifying for the 20113 FIBA U19 Worlds. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1994.

Tummala was a two-time captain and four-year letterwinner at St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix, Ariz., which finished this past season with a perfect 30-0 record and ranked No. 1 in the country by ESPN, USA Today and Maxpreps. She was ranked No. 68 in ESPN’s list of top-100 recruits and No. 27 at her position after leading her team to back-to-back state championships as a junior and senior and to second-place finishes in her freshman and sophomore campaigns. St. Mary’s also won four straight Desert Valley Region Championships with Tummala on the squad, and posted an undefeated record at home. Tummala was named the 2012 Arizona Gatorade Girl’s Basketball Player of the Year, a Wendy’s High School Heisman State Finalist and was a McDonald’s All-America nominee.