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Khayla Pointer selected for USA Basketball trials

Pointer was chosen as one of 20 players to compete for a spot on the US national basketball team in the AmeriCup trials

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Khayla Pointer leads LSU to victory over Florida in 2020 SEC tournament.
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USA Basketball announced that LSU senior Khayla Pointer was one of 20 players to be selected to compete for a spot on the roster for the the FIBA AmeriCup.

Pointer has been a mainstay in LSU’s lineup over the last four years and has started every game over the last three seasons.

She led the way for the Lady Tigers in the 2020-21 campaign averaging 16.9 points per game and 4.1 rebounds and assists. She was named to the All-SEC first team by the coaches at the end of the season.

The AmeriCup trials will take place at the University of South Carolina from April 18-21. The trials will cut the roster from 20 down to 12 for the AmeriCup which will be held in Puerto Rico from June 11-19.

The South Carolina Gamecocks’ head coach Dawn Staley will coach the USA through the AmeriCup and the Olympics.

Staley is quite familiar with the play of Pointer as LSU played South Carolina twice this season with Pointer playing a critical role in both games.

If selected to the roster, Pointer will be the first Lady Tiger to represent the USA in the AmeriCup since Seimone Augustus did so in 2007.

The AmeriCup will serve as the qualifiers for the FIBA women’s basketball world championship in Australia next year.