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UConn signee Azzi Fudd makes US U19 World Cup team, Amari DeBerry named a finalist

Fudd will aim for her third gold medal with USA Basketball while DeBerry is trying to make her first World Cup squad.

BASKETBALL: MAY 25 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Cup Team Trials Photo by Marc Piscotty/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

UConn women’s basketball signee Azzi Fudd has made the USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup team. Fellow UConn signee Amari DeBerry is one of five finalists vying for the last three roster spots.

Both players, along with 2022 commit Ayanna Patterson, competed in trials from May 14-16 in Denver. The 12-player roster will be finalized shortly before the team departs for the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup, which will be held from Aug. 7-19 in Debrecen, Hungary.

Fudd has been a frequent member of USA Basketball teams throughout the years. Previously, she helped the U.S. capture gold in the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship (at age 14) and the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup.

Meanwhile, DeBerry won gold at the 2019 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. She also played with Fudd in the 2019 USA 3x3 U18 national championships for Her-ricanes, though Fudd tore her ACL and MCL in the medal round. The team ultimately finished in seventh place.

The other eight players who made the roster are Lauren Betts (Stanford, 2022), Sonia Citron (Notre Dame, 2021), Caitlin Clark (Iowa, 2020), Sania Feagin (South Carolina, 2020 early enrollee), Diamond Johnson (NC State, 2020), Te-hina Paopao (Oregon, 2020), Jewel Spear (Wake Forest, 2020) and Payton Verhulst (Louisville, 2021).

Alongside DeBerry, the four other finalists include Angel Reese (Maryland, 2020), Lauren Ware (Arizona, 2020), Maddy Westbeld (Notre Dame, 2020) and Jersey Wolfenbarger (Arkansas, 2021).

UConn freshman Paige Bueckers was not invited to the trials after undergoing right ankle surgery on April 30.