Salesian star Mariya Moore named to prestigious U-18 U.S. National Team

USA Basketball lauds Salesian alum Mariya Moore's no-quit attitude
Mariya Moore (black shirt) with the U-18 National Team staff, including Louisville head coach and national team assistant Jeff Walz. (Photo courtesy of University of Louisville)

Salesian star guard Mariya Moore, who is headed to the University of Louisville next year, secured one of 12 roster spots on the prestigious USA Basketball Women’s U-18 National Team, it was announced late Monday night.

The team will compete at the FIBA Americas U-18 Championship at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs from Aug. 6-10.

Moore, a McDonald’s All-American who led the Salesian Pride this year to the team’s first ever appearance in the finals of California’s highest division, was obviously ecstatic about her selection to the national squad.  She was one of 29 athletes competing for a spot at trial sessions last weekend.

“I can’t even explain it,” Moore told USA Basketball, according to a University of Louisville post on the matter. “All I could think about was just running to my mom and jumping on top of her because (she) and my father have been my best supporters. Even though my first day didn’t start out so well, they still kept telling me to keep going and try my best. They’re all I could think about when I heard my name.”

Moore will also get an early opportunity to work with her future Louisville head coach, as Jeff Walz is serving as an assistant coach with the National Team, the university said.

At Salesian, Moore started all 137 games she played in and amassed 2,396 points, 1,110 rebounds, 878 assists, 535 steals, and 81 blocked shots, according to Louisville’s statistics. She connected on 47-percent of her shots from the field and 80-percent from the line.

Her accolades include WBCA High School All-America honorable mention status in 2014, along with MaxPreps All-America second team honors and USA Today All-California first team this year. She was also the San Francisco Chronicle Player of the Year both this year and last.

Her teammates on the National Team U-18 squad include:

Receé Caldwell (Homeschooled/San Antonio, Texas);

Brianna Turner  (Manvel H.S/Pearland, Texas)

A’ja Wilson  (Heathwood Hall H.S./Hopkins, S.C.).

Ariel Atkins (Duncanville H.S./Duncanville, Texas);

Napheesa Collier  (Incarnate Word Academy/O’Fallon, Mo.);

Paris Kea (Greensboro Page H.S./Greensboro, N.C.);

Marina Mabrey  (Manasquan H.S./Manasquan, N.J.);

Teaira McCowan  (Brenham H.S./Brenham, Texas);

Beatrice Mompremier  (Miami H.S./Miami, Fla)

Jessica Shepard (Fremont H.S./Fremont, Neb.);

Destinee Walker (Lake Highland Prep School/Ocoee, Fla.).