UConn-bound Azzi Fudd selected to USA U19 World Cup team, Amari DeBerry finalist

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 30: Azzi Fudd who plans to attend UCONN takes a 3 point shot on March 30, 2021, during the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk & 3 Point Championships at Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 30: Azzi Fudd who plans to attend UCONN takes a 3 point shot on March 30, 2021, during the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk & 3 Point Championships at Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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UConn-bound Azzi Fudd was one of nine players named to the U19 World Cup Team following trials this past weekend in Denver, USA Basketball announced late Sunday night.

Fellow incoming freshman Amari DeBerry was tabbed one of five finalists for the remaining three spots on the team, which will be selected following a training camp starting July 19.

The 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup will take place Aug. 7-19 in Debrecen, Hungary.

Fudd, 5-foot-11 guard from St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C., and the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year, is the consensus No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2021. DeBerry, a 6-5 forward from Williamsville South High School in New York, is ranked 15th. Both players are due to arrive in Storrs later this month.

“It was a very spirited camp and fun for the committee to watch,” Jen Rizzotti, chair of the selection committee, said in a release. “I feel like the players did a phenomenal job of playing for each other, which made the final selection really difficult. Because some players were unable to attend the camp, our final decision to have finalists gives some flexibility to filling out the last roster spots.

“The committee is excited about the group of players we’re giving Cori and her staff to be able to go to Hungary and compete for another gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup.”

Joining Fudd on the team are Lauren Betts, Sonia Citron, Caitlin Clark, Sania Feagin, Diamond Johnson, Te-hina Paopao, Jewel Spear and Payton Verhulst. UCLA’s Cori Close will serve as coach.

UConn Class of 2022 commit Ayanna Patterson did not make the cut.

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