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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Future Michigan State women's basketball player Sidney Cooks will attend the 2017 USA Basketball Women's U19 World Cup Team trials, which will take place May 18-21 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee. Athletes eligible for this team must be 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1998) and U.S. citizens.
Cooks, a native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, attends Saint Joseph High School. She is one of nine players returning from the 2016 U18 National Team. Cooks and teammate Megan Walker also played for the USA at the 2016 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup and claimed the silver medal.
The future Spartan is one of four players invited who also earned WBCA honorable mention All-American honors. Cooks was also named to the third-team Naismith All-American squad.
Cooks is one of three players who will be attending Big Ten schools next season. Iowa's Kathleen Doyle just completed her freshman season with the Hawkeyes, while Stephanie Jones just finished her first season at Maryland.
Originally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, FIBA changed the names of its age-based world championships in 2005 to reflect the age of eligibility, and recently updated the names of all of its world championships to world cups. The tournament was held every four years starting in 1985. In 2005, FIBA modified its calendar and now conducts the U19 World Cup every other year. USA women's teams are 73-12 in U19/Junior World Cups, capturing a sixth-consecutive gold in 2015 with a 7-0 record.
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