STM's McCoy secures U.S. U16 spot
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — St. Thomas More’s Tori McCoy is showing that she is more than one of the area’s best girls’ basketball players.
The 6-foot-4 McCoy is one of the best in the country.
On Monday, she was named to the 12-player United States National 16-and-under team that will compete in Cancun, Mexico, in mid-June.
Her high school coach, Chris Mennig, was at the tryout, which featured more than 120 athletes.
“Tori fought through a lot of adversity on this trip and showed her passion for the game and love of competing at the highest level,” Mennig said. “She represented herself with great humility and her game did all the talking during her time out here. This is a proud day for the Champaign-Urbana community to have one of our own to represent our country.”
McCoy competed in the first 21/2 days of the tryout — and wowed observers with her three-point prowess as well as her ability to go coast-to-coast after getting a rebound — but missed the Sunday session after sustaining a concussion.
Mike Flynn, the owner of Blue Star Basketball, has upgraded McCoy’s national ranking. Entering her freshman season, she was regarded as one of the nation’s top five players in the Class of 2016.
“She is the No. 1 player in the country for the 2016 class heading into the summer,” Flynn said.
Mennig and McCoy were scheduled to return to Champaign on Monday night.
McCoy, who averaged 15.1 points and 10.5 rebounds for the 32-3 Class 2A state runners-up, will participate in a training camp back at the U.S. Olympic Training Center before the elite squad travels to Mexico for the eight-nation event scheduled for June 19-23.
Other competing countries besides the U.S. and host Mexico are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
Another area athlete at the tryout, Airiana Smith from Champaign Central, survived the first two rounds of cuts. The upcoming sophomore-to-be at Central was one of the final 70 players.