May 9, 2011
University of Iowa guard Jaime Printy is one of 35 collegiate players to accept an invitation to attend the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team Trials, which will take place May 22-25 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Invitations to the trials were issued by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Sue Donohoe, NCAA vice president for Division I women’s basketball.
“I am extremely honored to accept an invitation to the team trials,” Printy said. “This will be an incredible experience to compete against the best players in the country. I’m excited for the opportunity to represent the University of Iowa and the Big Ten at the tryouts.”
Printy is one of 12 players on the trials roster that will be a junior next fall. Four athletes will sophomores, 17 will be seniors and two players will be fifth-year seniors.
Printy has enjoyed success in her first two seasons at Iowa. She was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2010 and was a second team all-Big Ten selection in 2011. She became the youngest Hawkeye women’s basketball player to earn All-America honors after being named honorable mention by the Associated Press as a sophomore. The Marion, Iowa, native also became the youngest player in school history to reach the 1,000 career point mark, accomplishing the feat as a sophomore.
Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder has previous experience with USA Basketball and the World University Games, as she served as an assistant coach for Team USA in 2001 that claimed the gold medal in Beijing, China.
“This will be a great learning experience for Jaime,” Bluder said. “She will be competing for a roster spot against the top collegiate players in the country. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with USA Basketball and I’m thrilled that Jaime has the opportunity to go through the team trials process.”
Printy is the fifth Hawkeye player, and the fourth under Bluder, to be invited to the USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team Trials. Amy Herrig made the final cut for the 1997 Games, while Lindsey Meder (2001), Krista VandeVenter (2005) and Megan Skouby (2006) also accepted invitations for the team trials.
The inital roster will be trimmed to 12 players following the team trials May 25. Training for the 12-person roster will resume July 31-Aug. 8 at the USOTC, prior to the team’s departure for Shenzhen, China and the 2011 World University Games, which will be held Aug. 14-21.
The World University Games are a multi-sport competition organized every other year by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The U.S. women’s basketball team will be comprised of U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in college and have remaining eligibility.
The USA will look to defend its 2009 gold medal at the 2011 World University Games.