When you’re as talented as Rhyne Howard at the sport of basketball, you don’t know what an offseason is. Beginning on Saturday, Howard will lead the women’s Team USA U19 squad into the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
The look you have when you are eyeing your second ? in as many years.
— Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) July 19, 2019
The event – which takes in place in Bangkok, Thailand – will kick off with pool play on Saturday. The top-ranked USA will take on seventh-ranked Australia in the opening game, followed by a matchup against South Korea on Sunday and finishing against Hungary on Tuesday.
The U19 team is made up mainly of incoming college freshmen and sophomores, with Howard listed as the second-oldest player on the team. The Kentucky guard has a history of success in international competition, bringing home the gold medal as a member of the U18 team last year while also earning MVP honors along the way.
Howard set several records and earned plenty of awards as a freshman at Kentucky last season and will head into her sophomore campaign as one of the most highly-anticipated players to watch across the entire country. This summer trip to Thailand is just building up the hype surrounding her.
If Team USA advances past the group stage, they will go into the Round of 16 on July 25 and hopefully all the way to the gold medal game, which will take place on July 28.
Good luck to Howard and the rest of the Team USA ladies. I hope Rhyne upgraded to a bigger trophy case this summer.