A field of 42 players were invited to Colorado Springs this week to try out with USA Basketball in hopes of making the national U16 team.
When the final roster was announced Thursday night after a four-day camp, Fremont High standout Timea Gardiner was on the list.
Gardiner is one of 12 selections to represent USA Basketball at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship next month in Chile.
Gardiner, who will be entering her sophomore season at Fremont, is one of six players in the 2022 graduating class on the team. The other six are entering their junior years of high school in the fall.
“Truly blessed and grateful to represent my country!” Gardiner tweeted Thursday night.
This isn’t Gardiner’s first event with Team USA but is her first time making the roster. She took part in the 2018 USA U17 World Cup Team trials last summer.
The 6-foot-3 forward averaged 13.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game in her freshman high school campaign, shooting 45 percent from the field and 74 percent from the free-throw line and being named to the Standard-Examiner All-Area First Team.
Gardiner joins a loaded roster that includes four top-10 recruits for the class of 2021 (incoming high school juniors), according to ESPN’s recruiting rankings.
Team USA is slated to compete in Group B of the tournament along with El Salvador, Mexico and host country Chile.
The team’s head coach is Mark Campbell, who has been the head women’s basketball coach at Union University, an NCAA Division II school in Tennessee, for 20 years.
The 12 players will return to the United States Olympic Training Center from June 5-12 for training camp before heading to the international tournament June 16-22.
Patrick Carr contributed to this report.