De’Janae Boykin, a rising senior at C.H. Flowers High School in Springdale, has been selected to the 12-member roster for the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team.
Boykin, who last month verbally committed to play college basketball at Connecticut, said “it felt really good” to make the National team for the second straight year.
“I think it’s definitely helped me a lot,” Boykin said about her experience from last year.
Last summer, Boykin captured a gold medal at the 2013 FIBA Americas U-16 Championship in Mexico.
“It was a great feeling,” Boykin said about winning a gold medal. “[There were] great people on my team. It was just an amazing accomplishment.”
Earlier this year, Boykin was named the 2014 Gatorade Maryland girls’ basketball Player of the Year and became the first student-athlete from the Springdale public school to earn the prestigious honor.
“Words can’t explain how it feels to be named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Maryland,” said Boykin, who led the Jaguars in every statistical category. “It’s always been a goal of mine and I’ve worked so hard this season and led and carried my team this year to a 17-2 season that no one thought we would have, it was great even though we didn’t get the outcome that we wanted as far as a regional title we still surprised many and it was a very good season.”
As a junior, the 6-foot-3 standout averaged 21.1 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and three steals per game in leading Flowers to a 17-2 record and an appearance in the Maryland 4A South semifinals. She registered 17 double-doubles last season including a season-high 29 points in a 69-30 win over DuVal in January. She also amassed 14 rebounds and converted 7-of-9 free throws against DuVal.
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