Incoming UConn Freshman Kelly Faris Makes USA U-19 Team

Kelly Faris returns after helping the U.S. advance to the 2009 World Championship by claiming gold at the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. (Photo: Steven Maikoski / USA Basketball)UConn Huskies freshman women’s basketball player Kelly Faris will be busy this summer playing basketball. She just won’t be doing it on campus.

Faris was named to the Team USA U-19 Team that will compete in the FIBA U-19 Championships to be held in Bangkok, Thailand from July 23rd to August 2nd.

Faris was part of the team last year that helped them qualify and joins four other players from that team in Thailand. They will train in Colorado Springs before heading to Thailand.

Here’s a complete look atthe U-19 roster:

2009 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship Team Finalists Roster

NAME POS HGT WGT YOG SCHOOL HOMETOWN
LaSondra Barrett F 6-2 161 2012 Louisiana State Jackson, MS
Kelsey Bone C 6-5 210 2009 Dulles H.S./#South Carolina Stafford, TX
Sarah Boothe C 6-5 212 2012 Stanford Gurnee, IL
Layshia Clarendon G 5-10 135 2009 Cajon H.S./#California San Bernadino, CA
Skylar Diggins G 5-10 145 2009 Washington H.S./#Notre Dame South Bend, IN
Kelly Faris G 5-11 155 2009 Heritage Christian H.S./#Conn. Plainfield, IN
Shenise Johnson F 5-11 164 2012 Miami (FL) Henrietta, NY
Nnemkadi Ogwumike F 6-2 188 2012 Stanford Cypress, TX
Samantha Prahalis G 5-7 130 2012 Ohio State Dix Hills, NY
C’eira Ricketts G 5-9 143 2012 Arkansas Louisville, KY
Chay Shegog F/C 6-5 204 2012 North Carolina Stafford, VA
Taber Spani G 6-1 180 2009 Metro Academy/#Tennessee Lee’s Summit, MO
Destiny Williams F/C 6-3 181 2009 Benton Harbor H.S./#Illinois Benton Harbor, MI
Shawnice ‘Pepper’ Wilson C 6-6 235 2012 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA
Head Coach: Carol Owens, Northern Illinois University
Assistant Coach: Amanda Butler, University of Florida
Assistant Coach: Bill Fennelly, Iowa State University
Team Physician: David Walden, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Athletic Trainer: Ed Ryan, Synergy Performance Services, LLC. (Colo.)
# Signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and play for the school indicated.
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