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Rising junior earns place on national team
by Ericka Birdsong
June 05, 2013 09:27 AM | 3924 views | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Asia Durr stands in front of the basketball goal at her Douglasville home.
Asia Durr stands in front of the basketball goal at her Douglasville home.
Douglasville resident Asia Durr recently was selected as one of 12 players to the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team.

Durr, 16, who helped lead St. Pius X in Atlanta to the Class AAA state title this year, was among 124 players who participated in the team tryouts at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 23 to 27.

Practice is set to begin in early June as the team prepares for the 2013 Federal International Basketball Association Americas U16 Championship, set for June 19-23 in Cancun, Mexico.

“It felt good. It’s a good chance to go out and represent for my country. It’s a blessing…I’m very excited. I’ve never been out of the country so I’m excited to experience this with other great players and my coaches,” Durr said.

This season, under head coach Kyle Snipes, St. Pius’ girls also won the Region 6-AAA championship.

Durr, a rising junior and the daughter of Audrey and Terry Durr, was named Georgia Athletic Coaches Association AAA girls’ basketball state player of the year as well as the Region 6-AAA player of the year. She averaged 21 points a game.

“She has 1,053 career points and 699 points this past season. There were some games she didn’t even play half the game,” said Snipes.

Because of such a large lead in some of the games this season, Snipes said Durr only averaged 14 to 16 minutes.

She finished the season shooting 38 percent from the three-point line, making an 11-percent jump from her 27 percent average in December.

“Asia is mature beyond her years basketball wise. Her skill level at her age is really impressive,” said Snipes.

To develop her skills, Durr said she stays in the gym for 90 minutes a day, Sunday through Friday.

“There’s always that one person that’s working harder than you are,” said Durr.

As a freshman in 2011-12, Durr played on the varsity with 10 seniors so she “had to work to get into the rotation” according to Snipes. She only started four games, still scoring 354 points that season.

After two seasons, Snipes said she “could start at some small [Division I] schools now probably,” as Durr already has more than 30 scholarship offers, including all the ACC and SEC schools.

While Durr has impressed others, she said she never thought she would get this far.

“She’s very humble. You would have no idea that she’s as good as she is,” Snipes said.

Durr said God is the one who blesses her with her talent and she thanks her AAU coaches Lanny Martin and Tim Wilcox, former AAU coach Tanya Jackson, as well as her high school coach and trainers over the years.

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