Maya Moore already has a pretty remarkable resume. The rising Collins Hill senior has won two state championships, has been awarded the prestigious Naismith award and named a USA Today first-team All-American.
Those honors will pale in comparison in what Moore has the opportunity to do this weekend. The Connecticut signee will have the chance to represent her country on the basketball court when she tries out for the USA Under 18 Women's National Team in Colorado Springs, Colo., today through Sunday.
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity," Moore said. "This will definitely be a new experience for me. I've never competed at this high of a level, so this is going to be huge."
Moore is one of 33 athletes invited to the tryout. Twelve players will be selected to the national team, which will compete June 28 through July 2. The U.S. team will compete against teams from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Paraguay and Puerto Rico, with the top four teams qualifying for the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship in Slovakia.
"I feel pretty good about where I stand," said Moore about making the team. "Hopefully, this will be a confidence booster. I'm really excited to see how I do."
Of the 33 players invited to the tryout, 22 were named All-Americans - highlighted by the 2006 National High School Player of the Year, Tina Charles from Christ the King (N.Y.).
"I know most of them and have played with a lot them at camps," Moore said.
Georgia has the most representatives from one state with six. Other invitees from Georgia are Kelley Cain (St. Pius), Nikitta Gartell (Mays), Christy Marshall (Beach), Andrea Minto (Marist) and Porsha Phillips (Redan).
Last season for Collins Hill, Moore averaged 23.2 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.4 steals and 4.6 assists as she led the Eagles to their second straight state championship.