By Elaine Stockdale
USA Basketball has invited Missouri sophomore Morgan Eye to try out for the World University Games.
The 5-foot-9 guard welcomed the recognition from USA Basketball and will head to Colorado Springs, Colo., May 16-19 for the tryouts held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
Eye felt privileged for the opportunity and has welcomed the news humbly.
“I’m extremely honored for the opportunity to get to compete among the most elite athletes in the nation,” Eye said in a statement released by the Mizzou Athletic Department. “I hope to be able to represent the University of Missouri in the best way.”
Thirty-five student-athletes were invited to the tryouts, 12 of whom will be chosen for the final team. University of Oklahoma’s Sherri Coale will coach the team with assistance from Brian Giorgis of Marist College and Coquese Washington of Penn State.
If Eye is successful in making the team, she will begin training camp June 25. The World University Games will be held in Kazan, Russia, July 8-15.
Missouri women’s basketball coach Robin Pingeton believes Eye is deserving of the honor.
“It is a great honor and privilege to be recognized by USA Basketball to receive an invitation to possibly represent our country in the World University Games,” Pingeton said in a statement released by the Mizzou Athletic Department. “We are extremely proud for Mo and the opportunity USA Basketball has presented her. I couldn’t be more proud of her. It is a true testament on how hard she has worked.”
Eye had a record-breaking season in 2012-13, setting the record for most 3-pointers made (112) in the Southeastern Conference and Missouri’s single game record for 3-pointers (11). She also managed 95 3-pointers coming off the bench.
Eye also won numerous awards for both Missouri women’s basketball team and the SEC this year. Eye won the Three Point Specialist and Free Throw awards on Sunday at the women’s basketball annual banquet. She also was the first Tiger to receive the Sixth Woman of the Year honor in the SEC.
Other countries who will be represented at The World University Games include Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, and Japan, Mongolia, Poland, Sweden, Taiwan and Ukraine.