St. Pius star named to USA squad

By Craig Sager II

Score Atlanta

Rising junior Asia Durr led St. Pius to the Class AAA basketball title this season and is considered by many to be the top recruit in the country. The southpaw guard can live in the paint and is lethal with her pull-up jumper. Durr was invited to Colorado Springs May 23-27 to tryout for the 2013 USA Women’s U16 National Team among a field of 124 of the nation’s best players. In the end, Durr was one of 12 to make the final cut.

“There is nothing Asia does that surprises me,” said St. Pius head coach Kyle Snipes. “We knew it would be a huge honor and I expected Asia to go up there and do what Asia does.”

Practice for the 2013 Federal International Basketball Association (FIBA) takes place in early June, and Durr will travel back to Colorado Springs for it. The (FIBA) Americas U16 Championship will be June 19-23 in Cancun, Mexico, with the United States opening play against Brazil. The women’s teams have participated in two prior FIBA Americas U16 Championships, compiling a 10-0 event record and capturing both gold medals.

The busy schedule is something Snipes says Durr can handle. Durr plays on her Pistols AAU team during the offseason, and is a year-round player.

“That is one of the things you got to love though, said Snipes. “Even with all this going on, Asia will still be at our stuff in the offseason, that’s just the type of player and teammate she is.”

St. Pius witnessed the full arsenal from Durr last season. While combined with rising senior guard Jasmine Carter, the Golden Lions stayed in attack mode all season.

“Durr is a scorer and will always have a drive-first mentality,” said Snipes.

While continuously getting to the hoop, Durr absorbs the contact and gets to the foul line regularly. She shot almost 90 percent from the stripe last season, making 130 of 152 attempts. Durr averaged 22 points per game. The young star still studies the game as if she is a work in progress, and Snipes has watched first hand as Asia continues to progress her already polished game.

“Asia’s three-point shooting is evident of that,” said Snipes. “Last season she was shooting just 27 percent on Dec. 29 and finished the season all the way at 37 percent.” Snipes credits a streak where she knocked down 16 of 23 three-pointers towards the end of the season as well as intense practice for her dramatic boost.

With a title to defend, Snipes said, “June is the time when we lay the foundation for our season. I wish I could have her all offseason, but we all know what we can expect from her.”

Durr said, “When I heard my name [on the final roster] the first thing I did was thank God because none of this is possible without him. It was a great feeling because I was very stressed.”

Durr was the only Georgia player to make the final roster.

9 comments Add your comment

Ernest

May 30th, 2013
4:11 pm

Maya Moore has been the recent measuring stick for HS girl’s basketball in GA. Ms. Durr may have the ability to change that by the time she graduates. Congratulations to her on this accomplishment.

Original ATLien

May 30th, 2013
7:52 pm

Nice article Little Craig (I know your father). Typically in an article like this about an athlete, there is a mention of height and weight. Also, there’s usually a mention of colleges that are recruiting the kid. Does anyone have these details?

2013

May 30th, 2013
9:22 pm

I watched quite a few games this past season and got to watch Asia Durr and she has to be the best I’ve ever seen. I remember seeing Maya Moore but this Durr kid is really something special and possess some things that I never saw Maya Moore do. Everyone if you ever get a chance to watch her play, make sure you do. They call her Asia, “the amazes ya” Durr for a reason. You will walk out the gym jaws dropped and amazed.

Observer

May 30th, 2013
11:18 pm

http://espn.go.com/high-school/girls-basketball/recruiting/school/_/id/120. You don’t ask a lady her weight! She is quick like that last PG Notre Dame had but stronger. She has tons of offers. She would easily be a starter on the boys team at Pius. Check out YouTube of championship game.

Original ATLien

May 31st, 2013
12:53 pm

Observer – your link redirects to the Maryland Terrapins signee page. What’s up with that??

Truth Hurts

June 1st, 2013
10:53 pm

She is the best female player in Georgia high school history, which say A LOT, I know. But the young lady is truly the TRUTH! Unbelievable! I don’t know her personally, so I hope she is a good student and a good person.

VChandler

June 2nd, 2013
1:17 pm

@Original ATLien. It is easier to list who is not interested in her than to say who is. This April at Boo Wms tournament I saw UConn, Tenn, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Maryland and every other top 20 program’s head coaches watch her play alot. She is that good! She can go wherever she wants to and contribute immediately.

VChandler

June 2nd, 2013
1:18 pm

Truth, The beauty about her is that she remains humble, (good family) and is a great teammate. No prima donna it’s all about me personality from her. She is efficient and usually makes the right play as opposed to the flashy play.

BasketballTopFan(c)

June 3rd, 2013
3:15 pm

CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD LUCK IN YOUR BASKETBALL CAREER !!!