Three athletes with ties to the county will get an opportunity to compete on the international stage in soccer and basketball.
Douglasville native Asia Durr, a rising junior at Louisville, made the USA U23 National Team that will play in a tournament in Japan. The point guard was one of 12 players to make the team. The group will compete in the U-23 Four National Tournament against Australia, Canada, and Japan from Aug. 12-15 in Tokyo.
In addition, former Alexander standout Hassani Gravett was named to the USA East Coast basketball team. The group is on a four-game tour in Madrid.
Douglasville teenager George Bello has been named to the U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team’s 18-player roster that will compete in the CONCACAF U-15 Championship.
The tournament will take place Aug. 13-19 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
For Durr, who was an all-state player at St. Puis X High in Atlanta, it will mark her third time playing in international competition. In each of those competitions, she has won gold medals with the 2013 FIBA Americas U-16 Championship and the 2014 FIBU U-17 World Championships.
This past season, Durr became the school’s 28th player to reach the 1,000-point mark. She broke the school’s single-season record with 119 3-pointers, which extending her school record for consecutive games with a trey to 39 contests.
She finished the season averaging a team-leading 19.2 points, which ranks fourth in school history.
The U-23 National Team is coached by her college coach Jeff Walz.
“We are very excited to get working,” Walz said in a statement released by the school. “There is a lot of individual talent that now as a coaching staff we are going to have to put together and figure out different combinations of how we play to their strengths.”
The USA East Coast team is coached by Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown, who has won an NBA and NCAA titles. After holding training camp over the weekend, the team will take on national teams from Japan, Venezuela, Mexico and Senegal.
This past season, Gravett played a big role in helping the South Carolina Gamecocks reach their first NCAA Final Four.
Gravett played in 35 games and made three starts. He averaged 3.2 points per game.
In June, Bello signed a pro contract with the Atlanta United. The 15-year-old defender was one of three players from the team’s academy program to sign a contract.
Bello is considered a top defender and has spent the season with the with the Atlanta United Under-16 team where he has made 20 appearances with 19 starts. In addition, Bello has played most of his career with United States Youth National Circuit.