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Hailee Swain [608x342] (Credit: USAB)

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The USA Basketball Junior National Teams have their usual slate of competitions this summer, which features the FIBA U18 Women's AmeriCup, which was completed in Colombia in June, and the FIBA U17 Women's World Cup in Mexico beginning July 13.

The AmeriCup tournaments generally do not provide much competition for the USA squads until the medal rounds, as evidenced by their 79.2 margin of victory average prior to the gold medal game. The team had players from the 2024 and 2025 classes of 2024 and 2025 and several programs represented on the roster: South Carolina, USC (two), Texas, Florida, Duke, and UConn. Two rising seniors from the team are already committed as well -- Sienna Betts to UCLA and Leah Macy to Notre Dame.

The U17 World Cup tournament will be more of a challenge. The top five ranked teams in the world in the age group will compete for the gold medal starting July 13. The 12-member squad is composed of highly recruited players from the classes of 2024, 2025, 2026, and 2027. Stanford has secured two commitments from rising seniors in the class of 2025 -- Hailee Swain and Alex Eschmeyer -- and class of 2024 point guard Lanie Grant is a North Carolina signee. The rest of the roster remains uncommitted.

Let's look at the USA rosters as well as several international recruits that will be on the recruiting radar.

2024 FIBA U18 Women's AmeriCup

Head coach Teri Moren (Indiana head coach) and her two assistants were Jose Fernandez (South Florida head coach) and Niele Ivey (Notre Dame head coach) led the U18 team in the event that was held Bucaramanga, Colombia June 17-23. The court coaches on the staff were Shea Ralph (Vanderbilt head coach) and Charmin Smith (Cal head coach).

Behind soon-to-be USC freshman Kennedy Smith's 18 points, three rebounds, and three assists, Team USA beat Canada, 80-69, in the gold medal game. Incoming South Carolina freshman Joyce Edwards had 16 points, 13 rebounds, and five steals in the final while UCLA commit Sienna Betts (2025) contributed 15 points, nine rebounds, and three assists in a summer that has shown considerable growth and maturity on the floor for the rising high school senior.

Incoming Villanova freshman Jasmine Bascoe had 18 points, four rebounds, and five assists for Canada in the contest. She was supported by Dayton freshman Olivia Leung, who scored 16 points, and Nyadieng Yiech (2025), who recorded 13 points and four rebounds.

FIBA U18 AmeriCup All-Star 5 Joyce Edwards (USA, MVP of the event), averaged 14.2 points and 7.2 rebounds Sienna Betts (USA), averaged 13.2 points and 8.0 rebounds Jasmine Bascoe (Canada), averaged 14.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 4.7 assists Ayla McDowell (Brazil), averaged 14.8 points and 7.7 rebounds. Nerea Lagowski (Argentina), averaged 8.7 points and 9.8 rebounds Second team Kaleigh Heckel (USA), averaged 12.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.7 assists Nyadieng Yiech (Canada), averaged 12.5 points and 6.0 rebounds on 43.5% from the 3-point line Notable Players Jasmine Davidson (USA), averaged 11.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists Sarah Strong (USA), averaged 7.2 points and 7.7 rebounds  Manuella Alves Fernandes (Brazil), averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds