Monday, May 10, 2010

Butler's Burdick, Prov. Day's Mitchell invited to try out for Junior Olympic team

Butler High’s Cierra Burdick and Providence Day’s Tiffany Mitchell, both selected to the All-Observer basketball team, have been invited to try out for the USA Basketball 17-and-under Junior National team.

Wingate coach Barbara Nelson, who coached the U16 USA team last summer, will return to coach the U17s this summer. Nelson is a former coach at Providence Day.

There are 36 players invited and coaches will ultimately pick 12 players for the team, which will compete in the first FIBA U17 World Championships in France July 16-25. The trials run June 8-11 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Burdick played for the USA 16-and-under team which won a world championship gold medal in Mexico last summer. She is a 6-foot-2 junior guard who has committed to Tennessee. Burdick averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds last season, leading the Bulldogs to their first girls basketball N.C. 4A state championship. She was named Gatorade N.C. player of the year and shared the Associated Press all-state player of the year award with Gastonia Forestview’s Shannon Smith. Burdick also led Butler to the Sweet 16 poll title.

Mitchell, a 6-foot sophomore guard, averaged 16 points and six assists and successfully returned from offseason knee surgery to lead the Chargers to the N.C. 3A Independent Schools title.
The selected U.S. team will also participate in the World Youth Games in Singapore Aug. 14-26. Twenty teams, organized by the International Olympic Committee, will play a 3-on-3 competition.