Jasmine Lister will be well aware of who she is going up against.
When the Vanderbilt point guard arrives in Colorado Springs, Colo., next week to try out for the USA Basketball World University Games team, she’ll have seen at least a third of the competition.
This past winter, she played against 12 of the 30 players who will join her for the trials May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. In addition to the University of Tennessee quartet of Meighan Simmons, Ariel Massengale, Cierra Burdick and Nashville native Isabella Harrison, Lister also played against pairs from LSU and Connecticut and players from Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma and USC.
Lister, a rising senior, hopes to edge out several familiar faces and become the first Vanderbilt player since 2001 to participate in the World University Games. The 12-player roster will be announced on May 19.
Those will return to Colorado the last week of June for additional training. The team will then depart for Kazan, Russia and compete in the games from July 8-15.
Lister averaged 12.2 points, led the Commodores with 5.1 assists a game and ranked first in the Southeastern Conference with 36.5 minutes a game. The 5-foot-4 guard from Corona, Calif., was named second team All-SEC by the league’s coaches.
In 2001, three Vanderbilt players participated in the World University Games. Chantelle Anderson and Ashley McElhiney played for the USA team that won gold. Zuzi Klimesova helped the Czech Republic win the bronze.
Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale is the USA's coach this year. The USA Basketball Junior National Committee selected the pool and is chaired by former Vanderbilt coach Jim Foster and includes current Vanderbilt coach Melanie Balcomb also serves on the committee.
On Tuesday, incoming Vanderbilt freshmen Rebekah Dahlman and Marqu’es Webb were two of 34 players invited to try out for the USA Basketball U19 World Championship team. If they make the 12-member team, they’ll head to Lithuania from July 18-28. Former Vanderbilt standout Christina Wirth played for the U19 team that won gold in 2005.