Written by: Amanda Szylin
In 2010, 128 teams in Divisions I, II and III flocked to West Chester and Kings Island, Ohio to compete in the 13U Girls’ Basketball National Championships. Out of the 64 teams in the Division I National Championships, two teams beat out the rest of the competition to go for the gold. The West Virginia Thunder and the Georgia Pistols battled it out in the championship, each hoping to bring home the trophy. At the end of the tournament, the West Virginia Thunder won the game and first place honors, with the Georgia Pistols taking home the runner-up title.
Now, four years later, those same young ladies are all grown up and about to enter college. Three players from the 13U runner-up team, the Georgia Pistols were named on the 2015 HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings – ESPNW 100.
Asia Durr, a 5’10 point guard from Saint Pius X Catholic School in Georgia, was ranked second on the list and has already committed to playing at Louisville. She is ranked number two overall and number one at her position, after playing AAU consistently throughout her basketball career. She was also a member of the 2014 USA Women’s Basketball U17 National Team and was named to the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team. She was also named MVP of the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
Ranked at number 19 on the 2015 HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings is Te’a Cooper, another Georgia Pistols alum. She also joined the AAU club team A.O.T. Lady Rebels after the Pistols and has made a name for herself in the basketball circuit. The 5’8 point guard out of McEachern High School was one of 12 players selected for the USA Basketball U17 World Championship team that competed in the FIBA U17 World Championship in June. Cooper has already verbally committed to the Tennessee Lady Volunteers.
Last but not least, Ayanna Mitchell is ranked number 70 in the 2015 Recruiting Rankings, making her the third player from that 13U runner-up team in 2010 to be ranked. The 6’1 forward from Salem High School in Georgia has already committed to LSU. In high school, she was named to the 1st-team AJC AAAAA All-State in 2014 and was an Honorable Mention AJC AAAAA All-State in 2013. While she is ranked overall at number 70, in her position she is ranked 14, making her an important piece of LSU’s roster next year.
Congratulations on furthering your basketball careers and good luck in all of your endeavors!
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