The 5-foot-11 rising junior point guard further cemented her standing among the nation’s prep basketball elite after being selected to the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s U16 national team last Tuesday.
The 16-year old Durr, ranked the top prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Terrific 25 for the 2015 class, was among the 12 players from across the country — as well as the lone player from Georgia — to be chosen to the squad, which will play in the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Cancun, Mexico, June 19 through 23.
She was among those picked from a pool of 124 players who took part in the team trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 23 through 27.
“It really means a lot to me, just to be invited [to the team trials] and especially being selected to represent your country,” Durr said. “It means a lot to me to have this chance to go out there and play for my country.”
Receiving an invitation to the team trials from USA Basketball in April, Durr traveled to Colorado Springs to test her skills against the best players in the nation in her age group.
“It was a great experience,” Durr said. “We had girls from Maryland, Colorado — from all over. To compete with them, they were really great competition.”
Durr returns to Colorado Springs for the U.S. team’s training camp June 12 through 18 before leaving for Mexico.
Team USA will be among the eight squads competing in the tournament, with host Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico also in the field.
Durr will be part of an American squad that has won the first two U16 tournaments that were held (2009, ’11) and have compiled a perfect 10-0 record in the event.
Durr said she is ready to play whatever role coach Sue Phillips assigns her on the team.
“Whatever the coach needs me to bring, whatever she needs me to do, I’ll do it,” Durr said. “I want to show that I’m coachable. I want to be a team player. I’ll get the ball down to the post and if I need to take over the game, that’s what I will do.”
Durr is coming off a sensational sophomore season at St. Pius, where she averaged 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.6 steals a game to lead the Golden Lions to a 30-3 record and the Class AAA state championship.
She led the way for a young St. Pius squad that featured five sophomores and a freshman.
“[In 2012], we lost in the first round at state,” Durr said. “That was painful, because we had 11 seniors on the team. This year, we had two seniors on the team and we were so young. So, for us to go out there and win a state championship, that means a lot to me. It was very special.”
St. Pius coach Kyle Snipes said he was proud of Durr for being chosen for the U.S. squad.
“We are very excited for Asia and her selection to the U16 national team,” Snipes said. “Any time you represent your country in international competition, it is a tremendous honor. Asia has worked very hard to become the student-athlete that she is, and we are pleased that she is being rewarded for that work ethic.”