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UConn signees DeBerry, Fudd invited to USA U19 World Cup trils

Colorado Springs, Colo. — UConn signees Amari DeBerry and Azzi Fudd have accepted invitations to attend the 2021 USA Basketball Women's U19 World Cup Team trials, it was announced on Wednesday.

DeBerry was a member of the 2019 FIBA Americas U16 Championship gold medal winning team.

Fudd previously helped USA Basketball to gold medals at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup.

Both incoming freshmen are expected to enroll in June.

Trials to select finalists for the 12-member team will be held May 14-16 in Denver.

The 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup, a 16-nation tournament, is scheduled to be held Aug. 7-15 in Debrecen, Hungary. Team USA is the reigning champion and have won eight gold medals overall.

• In other UConn news, Andrea Hudy has joined the program as director of sports performances, head coach Geno Auriemma announced.

Hudy returns to Storrs after previously working with the Huskies from 1995-2004. She spent the past two seasons as head of basketball strength and conditioning at Texas with the men's and women's programs after working for 15 years in a similar role with the Kansas men's basketball program, where the Jayhawks produced 35 NBA draft picks and won the 2008 NCAA championship.

"We're beyond excited to bring in someone like Andrea Hudy," Auriemma said in a release. "She's been here before and knows what the expectation level is. She had a lot of success here, and at Kansas, and at Texas. To get one of the premier strength and conditioning coaches, in men's or women's basketball, was a great opportunity for us."

Hudy said, "Returning to the University of Connecticut is a full circle moment. Having started my career here over 26 years ago created a solid foundation for me in sports performance, and to be a part of UConn again is a great opportunity. It will be a great experience to see such a familiar place with new perspectives."

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