Lakota West star to try out for U.S. U17 team

Posted at 2:46 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 14:46:26-04

WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Lakota West guard Abby Prohaska will travel to Colorado Springs for an opportunity to participate in the Under-17 U.S. national women's basketball team trials.

Prohaska, one of the state’s top players in the 2018 class, will arrive at the U.S. Olympic Training Center on Thursday. She will participate in a skills session that afternoon and other work throughout the weekend.

Prohaska is one of 35 athletes who accepted invitations to this year’s USA Women’s U17 Trials. An estimated 120 athletes were accepted through the USA Basketball application process.

Prohaska is one of six Ohio athletes expected to participate this week.

Other Ohio players include Gilmour Academy center Nazahrah Hillmon, Berlin Hiland guard Morgan McMillen, Massillon Jackson guard Taylor Mikesell, Solon center Valencia Myers and Pickerington Central forward Bexley Wallace.

The announcement of the U17 national team finalists will be made at 8 a.m. May 30. The training camp begins that afternoon.

Lakota West girls’ basketball coach Andy Fishman told he expects Prohaska will make the team.

“Of all the ‘at-large’ kids out there from Ohio, Prohaska without question has the best chance,” said Tom Jenkins, director of the Ohio Girls’ Basketball Report. “She is slowly emerging as the best player in Ohio regardless of class – not necessarily the most talented but the best player.”

Prohaska averaged 7.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.1 steals for the Firebirds (26-2) in 19 games this past season.

Known for her tenacious competitiveness on the court, Prohaska was a key member of the Firebirds’ success. She had a team-high 15 points and six rebounds in the regional against Mason March 5. She shot 7 of 11 from the field that game.