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Four Kansas women’s basketball players selected to national teams

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

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

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

“Obviously we are delighted that all of these players who are part of our program are selected for their respective national teams,” said coach Brandon Schneider. “It’s a huge honor and I know everyone will represent their country in a great way.”

The tournament is split into two divisions based on qualifying, with Hungary and Sweden among the 16 teams playing in Division A and Greece among the 16 participating in Division B. The Division A tournament will begin on Friday and be held in Sopron, Hungary, with the Division B tournament starting on 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 highest scorer as the youngest player on her team.

Papadopoulou was selected in the Greek U18, U16 and U15 teams, Strom played in the Swedish U18 and U16 teams and Telegdy played for Hungary in the 2019 FIBA ​​U16 Women’s European Championship and World Cup FIBA U19 Women’s Championship last year.

Conesa will represent Spain

Laia Conesa, a guard from Barcelona, ​​Spain, who signed up to play for Kansas in April as part of the 2023 class, will also represent her country in international competition.

Conesa has been selected to take part in the FIBA ​​U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup, which begins on Sunday and will take place in Debrecen, Hungary. The 16-team event will also include the United States, which is led by LSU commitment Mikaylah Williams, the No. 1 player in the class according to the ESPN HoopGurlz rankings.

Schneider will take part in the FIBA ​​U18 Women’s European Championship and Tournament, an eight-day event beginning August 6 in Heraklion, Greece.