High School Sports

Providence Day’s Janelle Bailey makes USA Basketball U17 national team


Providence Day center Janelle Bailey will play for her country this summer

Bailey, a 6-foot-3 junior, was named to the USA Basketball U17 team Friday. The Americans will compete at the FIBA World Championships in Spain, beginning June 22.

USA Basketball began tryouts last week with 139 participants, including Myers Park junior guard McKenna Haire, a Princeton recruit.  

Bailey is the only Carolinas player to make the team. Last season, Bailey led the Chargers to a seventh straight N.C. Independent Schools 3A state championship along with Observer Ms. Basketball Erin Whalen, a Vanderbilt recruit.

A three-time all-state center, Bailey averaged 16.8 points and 8.8 rebounds last season and is ranked in top 75 by national recruiting services. She has more than 50 Division I offers.