K-State’s Childs to Play on U.S. All-Star Team in China

By The Mercury

After registering one of the best seasons of her Kansas State career in 2011-12, Jalana Childs has accepted an invitation to play for the U.S. All Stars in a nine-game, three city tour of China, April 25-May 9.

The U.S. All Stars, sponsored by the United States Basketball Academy (USBA) with the trip sponsored by Atlas Sports, Inc., in Beijing, China, will play nine games in three cities and provinces of China. This will be the 29th tour for the USBA.

The team will face Junior National teams from China, Australia and New Zealand in preparation for the FIBA season later this summer.

The U.S. All Stars will play April 27-29 in Qijiang. On May 1-3, the U.S. All Stars will play in Zhongzhou and conclude the competition schedule on May 5-7 in Xiangyang City.

Joining Childs on the U.S. All-Stars team are: Katelan Redmon of Gonzaga, Katie Bussey of Montana State, Casey Garrison of Missouri State, ReZina TecleMariam of Portland, Talisa Rhea of Seattle, Rebekah Gardner of UCLA, Jasmin Holliday of Oregon, Natalie Day of Portland, Rachael Hackbarth of Drake and Kali Bennett of Arizona State.

The team will be coached by former Colorado State and Santa Clara head coach Chris Denker.

Childs and her teammates will have the opportunity to play in front of coaches and administrators from the Women’s China Basketball Association, as well as coaches and scouts from professional leagues in Australia.

Childs, a 2012 All-Big 12 first team selection, led K-State in scoring during the 2011-12 season with a career-high average of 14.3 points per game — ranking sixth in the Big 12.

Childs concluded her career with 1,237 points and 503 rebounds. She was the 23rd player in the program’s history to record 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.

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