Bonner Makes First Cut for U.S. Team

Colorado Springs, Colo.--Freshman All-SEC team member DeWanna Bonner is a finalist to make the United States Under-20 Women's National Basketball Team.

Bonner, who will be a sophomore this coming season at Auburn, was one of 38 players invited to the trials. The six-foot-five guard is one of 18 players who were chosen for the next round of trials in July, which will cut the final roster to a dozen players.

Bonner's AU teammate, 6-7 center Keke Carrier, was cut from the squad.

"I was kind of surprised," said Bonner, a former Fairfield High star who led AU in scoring last season with 13.5 points per game. "There's a lot of guards here, but I can also play a three or four so I guess that gave me kind of an advantage. Trials were very fun, but it was also stressful. There's a lot of competition here, so I was a little nervous."

DeWanna Bonner is expected to be one of the top players in the SEC this coming season.

The U.S. team will compete July 27-Aug. 5 in Guatemala City with teams from across the western hemisphere looking for a spot in the FIBA U21Women's World Championship tournament.

Michigan State head coach Joanne Palumbo McCallie, a former Auburn assistant to retired coach Joe Ciampi, is the head coach for the U.S. team.

The other players trying to make the team include: Jolene Anderson (Wisconsin); Essence Carson (Rutgers); Alexis Gray-Lawson (California ); Devanei Hampton (California); Jillian Harmon (Stanford); Erlana Larkins (North Carolina); Camille LeNoir (Southern California); Victoria Lucas-Perry (Michigan State); Renee Montgomery (Connecticut); Marscilla Packer (Ohio State); Ashley Paris (Oklahoma); Courtney Paris (Oklahoma); Kia Vaughn (Rutgers); Ashley Walker (California); Erica White (LSU); Khadijah Whittington (North Carolina State) and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (Purdue).

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