Asia Durr is hoping to get another shot at playing internationally as the Douglasville native has accepted an invitation to tryout for the USA Basketball Women’s U23 National Team later this month.
Durr is a rising junior at Louisville, where she was the team’s leading scorer this past season. Considered one of the top returning players in the country, she will be among the 40 players invited for the five-day tryouts at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
If chosen during the July 31-Aug. 4 tryouts, Durr would be part of the 12-member team that will represent the USA in an inaugural U23 Four Nations Tournament for college-aged women this summer in Tokyo, Japan, is expected to be announced on Aug. 4. Players selected to the team will continue training at the USOTC through Aug. 7 before departing for Tokyo.
The team will be coached by Durr’s college coach Jeff Walz, who will be assisted by Courtney Banghart of Princeton and Michelle Clark-Heard of Western Kentucky. UConn coach Geno Auriemma, who coached the USA Basketball Women’s National Team from 2009-16, will serve as the lead clinician during training camp, guiding all of the sessions except the team practices and games.
“We are very excited about the group of players coming out to Colorado Springs for the U23 training camp,” said Jennifer Rizzotti, chair of the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee and head coach at George Washington University, in a statement released by the USA Basketball.
“We believe they represent the best players returning to college basketball this coming season. There is depth at every position, and we anticipate a highly competitive camp. It's important to recognize the young talent that has potential to be in the USA National Team pool in a few years. They will get invaluable experience during those five days and learn from some of the best on what it takes to progress to the highest levels of women's basketball.”
There are two other players with ties to Georgia that will also tryout for the national team. Tynice Marti, rising junior at West Virginia, who played at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy and Lexie Brown, a rising senior at Duke, who played at North Gwinnett High. Brown is the daughter of former NBA player Dee Brown.
Durr has won two gold medals from previous international competitions. The former St. Pius X High standout won gold as a member of the at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship teams.
This past season, Durr was named to the Associated Press All-American honorable mention team and was a first team All-ACC selection. In addition, she was named a member of the 2017 Naismith Trophy Top 30 by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
She had one of the most productive offensive season’s in recent Louisville history. Durr finished the year with 692 points, an average of 19.2 per game – both marks that rank fourth in the all-time program history. She became the 28th member of the school’s 1,000-point club. In addition, she led the team with 46 steals.
Durr’s Louisville teammate Myisha Hines-Allen, a rising senior from New Jersey has also accepted an invitation for the tryouts.