The 2021 USA Basketball AmeriCup Team list of finalists is set.
Among the list of 13 finalists named Wednesday include Oregon women’s basketball star Sedona Prince, who is reflecting on the special opportunity after suffering a broken right leg less than three years ago.
Prince, then a freshman at the University of Texas, broke her tibia and fibula in her lower right leg while playing for the USA Basketball in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship game against Puerto Rico in August 2018.
Roughly 8 months later, she underwent a second surgery where a 14-inch plate was inserted inside her leg to normalize her recovery. Prince transferred to the University of Oregon in the summer of 2019, where she spent the season continuing her rehab.
Luckily for Oregon, the injury wasn’t career-ending. Prince returned to the court for the 2020-21 season, appearing in 19 of 24 games and averaging 10.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting 54.5 percent from the floor. Prince was crucial in leading the Ducks to the Sweet 16 in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
Joining Prince as AmeriCup finalists are Grace Berger (Indiana/Louisville, Ky.); Aliyah Boston (South Carolina/St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.); Jakia Brown-Turner (NC State/Oxen Hill, Md.); Veronica Burton (Northwestern/Newton, Mass.); Elissa Cunane (NC State/Summerfield, N.C.); Destanni Henderson (South Carolina/Fort Meyers, Fla.); Naz Hillmon (Michigan/Cleveland, Ohio); Rhyne Howard (Kentucky/Cleveland, Tenn.); Haley Jones (Stanford/Santa Cruz, Calif.); Diamond Miller (Maryland/Somerset, N.J.); Ashley Owusu (Maryland/Woodbridge, Va.); and NaLyssa Smith (Baylor/Converse, Texas).
The finalists will return for training camp beginning on June 1 and an official 12-member roster will be named prior to the team’s departure for the 2021 FIBA AmeriCup, which will take place June 11-19 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
If Prince is selected, she will look to add to her hardware collection which includes a gold medal from the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship as well as bronze medals from the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup.