Cassie Harberts Named To USA Basketball's World University Games Team
May 21, 2013
USC junior Cassie Harberts will look to collect another gold medal with USA Basketball when the Trojan forward heads to Russia this summer as a member of the USA's World University Games team. A gold medalist with the Under-18 team at the 2010 FIBA Americas Championship prior to her freshman season at USC, Harberts has made her resurgence to the USA Basketball scene in making the roster of 12 after a standout performance as one of 33 players invited to trials last week.
The 2013 World University Games women's basketball competition will be held July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia, and the team will regroup in Colorado Springs for training June 25-July 1.
Harberts was an All-Pac-12 Team pick this past season after averaging 18.0 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. She led the Trojans in points, rebounds and blocks, and finished third in the Pac-12 in points per game. In her junior season, Harberts set USC school records in free throws made (207) and attempted (298) while also climbing up the all-time career charts. Her 427 career free throws made ranks her fifth all-time. She also passed up the 1,000 career point mark this past season, now ranking No. 16 all-time at USC with 1,293 career points entering her senior season. Harberts tallied 11 double-doubles in 2012-13 to hold 17 total in her career.
CASSIE'S Q&A with USA BASKETBALL:
You were a member of the 2010 USA FIBA Americas U18 Championship team. Do you feel like this is the same excitement that you had three years ago when you heard your name, or is it even a little bit more now?
How do you feel like you played over these last three days? When you came into the gym this morning did you feel you were deserving of a spot?
"I felt like I didn't have the best tryout that I could. I was really surprised I was called, but apparently they believe in me, so I just hope I can make them proud in Russia."
Have you ever been to Russia before?
Have you heard anything about it?
What are your plans until you come back to start training camp in five weeks?
So you're not going to change anything to your training?
What do you feel is the biggest thing you hope to bring to this team?