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Four players on Kansas women's basketball team selected to national teams

Kansas women's basketball forward Ioanna Chatzileonti shoots during the game against Texas Tech on Feb. 19, 2022, at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas.

Four players on the Kansas women's basketball team have been chosen to represent their countries at the FIBA U20 Women's European Championship, which begins Friday.

Junior Ioanna Chatzileonti and sophomore Danai Papadopoulou will play for Greece, sophomore Sanna Strom will represent Sweden and freshman Zsofia Telegdy will play for Hungary.

All four have experience playing for their countries — especially Chatzileonti, whose performance in the FIBA U16 Women's European Championship in 2018, when she was selected as the tournament's most valuable player, preceded her arrival at Kansas.

"We are obviously excited for all of those players who are part of our program to be selected to participate on their respective national teams," coach Brandon Schneider said. "It is a tremendous honor and I know that all of them will represent their countries in a terrific manner."

The tournament is divided into two divisions based on qualifying, with Hungary and Sweden among the 16 teams playing in Division A and Greece among the 16 competing in Division B. The Division A tournament will begin Friday and will be held in Sopron, Hungary, with the Division B tournament beginning Saturday in Skopje, North Macedonia.

Chatzileonti, who averaged 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season at Kansas, won a silver medal in Division B of the FIBA U18 Women's European Championship in 2019 and was the second-leading scorer as the youngest player on her team.

Papadopoulou was selected to Greece's U18, U16 and U15 teams, Strom played on Sweden's U18 and U16 teams and Telegdy played for Hungary in the FIBA U16 Women's European Championship in 2019 and the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup last year.

Conesa to represent Spain

Laia Conesa, a guard from Barcelona, Spain, who has committed to play for Kansas in April as part of the class of 2023, will also be representing her country in international competition.

Conesa has been selected to play in the FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup, which begins Sunday and will be held in Debrecen, Hungary. The 16-team event will also include the United States, which is led by LSU commit Mikaylah Williams, the No. 1 player in the class according to the ESPN HoopGurlz rankings.

Schneider will attend the tournament and the FIBA U18 Women's European Championship, an eight-day event beginning Aug. 6 in Heraklion, Greece.


David Kelley-Wood

Can only help KU. Not much better way to stay sharp ion the Jayhawks' off season.

1 month ago


Dirk Medema

Hope they all do well.

1 month ago


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