The last we heard of Katie Lou Samuelson, the top player in high school and UConn commit was recovering from an ankle injury. Now, several weeks later, the 6-3 forward is ready to compete in the United States' Under-17 training camp.
I haven’t had any problems,” Samuelson said Tuesday, via SNY.com's Carl Adamec. “I get it taped up a little extra now and that allows me to keep going. ..
“We’ve been having two-a-days and it’s definitely been tough,” Samuelson said. “We’ve been working hard and working to play as a team. I think it’s going really well but I think we’re looking forward to leaving tomorrow.”
So what happens tomorrow? Samuelson and the national team will head to France to compete in exhibition games against China, Canada and France, then it's on to the Czech Republic for the 2014 FIBA U-17 world championships, which take place June 28-July 6.
As for what the U.S. needs to do better in the coming days, Samuelson says it's pretty simple.
“We have to share the ball more,” she said. “There have been times that things will break down and we’ll go one on one. We know that we have to play together and trust each other. And we do have to play solid defensively. We have to be able to lock teams down.”
In addition to Samuelson, the Huskies' 2015 recruiting class includes De’Janae Boykin, Napheesa Collier, and Georgetown transfer Natalie Butler, the 2013-14 Big East Freshman of the Year.