GW Graham star selected to Canada Basketball camp

Deanna Tuchscherer flew to Edmonton Thursday morning for a selection camp that could land her on a Canadian U-16 national team.

Deanna Tuchscherer (left) just helped her GW Graham Grizzlies to top spot at the GWG AA Showcase Invitational.

Deanna Tuchscherer (left) just helped her GW Graham Grizzlies to top spot at the GWG AA Showcase Invitational.

GW Graham senior girls basketball star Deanna Tuchscherer has been invited to a Canada Basketball High Performance Assessment Camp.

Tuchscherer left for Edmonton Thursday morning.

She is one of 27 players attending the camp, with nine participants coming from B.C., six from Alberta, four from Saskatchewan and eight from Manitoba.

Tuchscherer is one of 12 athletes born in 2001 or 2002 who are trying to impress Denise Dignard and her staff.

Dignard is the director of the High Performance program and will have significant input on whether the Chilliwack teenager moves on to the next step.

“We look forward to assessing progress of returnees and welcoming new nationally identified athletes into our camp and see them compete and provide direction on their individual performance plans,” Dignard said in a Canada Basketball release.

At the camp, national team coaches, sports scientists and technical staff will identify athletes who will be invited to the next stage of the 2017 age-group programs.

A strong performance could land Tuchscherer on the Canadian U-16 team which will compete next summer at the 2017 U-16 FIBA Americas Championships for Women.

The tournament features eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean and serves as the qualifying tournament for the 2018 FIBA U-17 World Championship.

Canada is currently ranked fourth overall in the FIBA women’s age-group rankings.

Tuchscherer already has international experience, turning in an all-star performance and leading B.C. to a silver medal at last summer’s U-15 Canada Basketball National Championship in Regina.

See basketball.ca for more info.

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