May 20, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Washington incoming freshman Kelsey Plum has been selected to the 12-player roster for Team USA that will compete at the U-19 World Championships in Lithuania. Plum survived the four-day tryout where cuts were made from 33 down to 12.
Plum joins three returning players who helped Team USA win gold at the previous U-19 World Championships. She will be one of six players for Team USA who has yet to begin her collegiate career, while six others have already played their freshman season.
"This is like a dream come true," said Plum. "It's like a blessing from God that one, I get invited, and then two, you play your best basketball at the right time. It's a great opportunity. I'm kind of at a loss for words."
Plum was selected to both the McDonald's and WBCA All-America games after an outstanding senior season at La Jolla Country Day in San Diego, Calif. She will be competing for Team USA for the first time.
"It's an honor," said Plum. It's an absolute honor. I'm just going to take it a step at a time. It's an absolute honor, but I have a lot of work to do between now and when I come back."
Team USA will play for the World title in Klaipeda and Panevė?ys, Lithuania from July, 18-28.
Plum is excited to play with some of the best players in the country, but understands the main goal is to come home with a Gold Medal.
"Oh, it's ridiculous. Freak athletes. Probably four of them on the team can dunk, right? So, being 5-8 and everything, it's one of those things that you kind of have to step back and be like, `wow.' They're so amazing."
"They're great. They're all super unselfish. The main goal is to win. We don't have any `me' type people, and I think it's going to be really beneficial in the future. Down the line making that extra pass goes a long way."
Plum will join the Huskies next fall, joined by Chantel Oshahor and Brianna Ruiz to make up the highly ranked recruiting class that remained intact following the promotion of Mike Neighbors to head coach.