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LuHi's Boogie Brozoski, North Babylon's Brianna Jones to try out for U16 National Team
Long Island Lutheran’s Boogie Brozoski and North Babylon’s Brianna Jones will spend Memorial Day weekend trying out for the USA Women’s Basketball U16 team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Brozoski and Jones, who both just finished their sophomore seasons, are two of 100 players who applied and were accepted to tryout for the team, along with 32 other players who were invited to try out by the USA Basketball Women’s Development Committee.
“[Brianna] is very excited about it,” North Babylon coach Debbie Brajevich said. “She’s got a Division I college body, already, and she’s in position to fight for a spot at shooting guard. Boogie also is a great point guard, and both of them are being recruited by top [college] programs and have attributes that will put them in the hunt.”
Added Lutheran coach Rich Slater: “It’s a great spot to compete against the top players in the country,”
Brozoski and Jones will begin what they hope will be a long weekend of drills and scrimmages, with the goal of surviving each round of cuts before the field is narrowed to about 40 players by Sunday afternoon and the final 12-player roster is announced Monday morning.
That final roster will represent the U.S. at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championships in Cancun, Mexico from June 19-23, with the top three teams at that tournament qualifying for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships.
USA Basketball Communications Manager Jenny Maag said the 32 invitees have the best chance of making the final U16 roster, but applicant athletes like Brozoski and Jones will get a fair shot. If anything, Brozoski and Jones will have the opportunity to showcase their talents for the Development Committee in hopes of earning an invitation to tryout next year for the U17 team, which does not accept applications for tryouts.
“In the past, what has happened is that applicant athletes haven’t made it, but have earned an invite back for next year’s team,” Maag said. “But everyone is equally eligible… It’d be great if an applicant athlete made the roster.”
Brozoski was named this season’s Newsday Long Island Player of the Year in girls basketball after leading Lutheran to the State Federation Class A championship. Jones helped earn North Babylon the No. 1 seed in the Suffolk AA playoffs with a trip to the Suffolk AA finals.
Brianna Fraser from South Shore and Dominique Toussaint from Christ the King are the two other players from New York who will tryout for the U16 team. Four players from New Jersey will also tryout.