DHS Freshman Invited to USA Women’s Basketball U16 National Team Trials

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Duncanville High School freshman Zarielle “Zay” Green is proving she’s a hot commodity in girls basketball. Zay has been chosen to compete for a spot on the USA Women’s Basketball U16 (under 16) National Team. She will join 157 high school basketball players from across the country who are competing for 12 positions. Zay says when her parents told her she’d been invited to the trials she was shocked and excited about the news.

Zarielle Green. Photos by SPORTraits by Deena.

Zarielle Green. Photos by SPORTraits by Deena.

During the five days of trials in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Zay will take part in skills sessions, performance seminars and scrimmage sessions. The final roster will be announced May 25. The girls who make the team will play in the 2015 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Americas U16 Championship from June24 – 28 in Puebla, Mexico.

Zay has played basketball since she was four years old. Her goal is to make the U16 National Team, but she also has other things she wants to accomplish during her trip. “When I get there, I want to work hard to get myself better, whether I make the team or not,” she said. “It’s going to be good going against girls that are at the top of my class.”

Head Girls Basketball Coach Cathy Self-Morgan sees a bright future for Zay. “If Zay keeps working, improving and setting the bar high to be the best, she can help lead us to three state championships in high school, get a scholarship to a major Division I school, help lead them to at least three Final Four’s and play in the WNBA.”

ESPN named Zay to its 2018 Hoopgurlz watch list – the top girls basketball recruits in the country. Coach Self-Morgan also named her Newcomer of the Year for her freshman season with the Pantherettes.