Explosive scorer Izabela Leite was named to the Brazil team that will compete at the 2016 FIBA U17 Women’s World Championships in Zaragoza, Spain on June 22-July 2.
The 5-9 point guard landed on the international radar after pouring in 24 points to lead Brazil to a shocking semifinals upset of the U.S. at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship last summer in Puebla, Mexico.
Leite averaged 21.4 points in the championship and guided her Brazil squad to the tournament final.
The teenager was so good that she was named to the Brazil national team that competed at last summer’s 2015 FIBA Americas Women’s Championship in Edmonton Canada for a chance to get to the Rio Olympics.
Leite, a sophomore who plays high school basketball in the United States, averaged 20 points a game this season for Neuse Christian Academy (Raleigh, NC).
She led the team to the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1A state semifinals this year.
“[She’s a] confident combo-guard with offensive firepower,” reads ESPN W’s analysis of Leite. “[She has a] consistent deep range jumper complemented by crafty floor game; [is a] superb passer with court awareness; [and is] an elite guard in the class of 2018.”
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