Canada Basketball announced on Friday morning that Illinois' Jaelyne Kirkpatrick was selected as a member of the Women's U-19 World Championship team; the incoming freshman was one of twelve players named to the squad. According to the press release, the team was chosen throughout the year in a series of identification camps and recommendations from the Provincial/Territorial Service Organizations.
Statement from Matt Bollant:
"We are so excited for Jaelyne to represent Canada and play for their national team. "She is a quality point guard that works hard and makes everyone around her better."
~ Matt Bollant
Team Canada, who's currently ranked No. 4 worldwide in the FIBA Women's age-group rankings, is in Spain this weekend for an exhibition tournament before making their way to Russia for the 2015 FIBA World Championships. Once there, they'll compete against Belgium, France, and Mali in Group C.
Kirkpatrick won't be the only member of Illinois' team playing in Russia. Rising-sophomore standout Chatrice White was named to the USA U-19 team back in May; you can read her first two blog posts on the trip here and here.