BOULDER – University of Colorado senior Julie Seabrook as been selected to play basketball for Canada at the 2011 World University Games, Aug. 12-23, in Shenzhen, China.
A 6-foot-3 forward from North Vancouver, B.C., Seabrook was officially named to the national team on Thursday after a three-day training camp at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, B.C. Team Canada will continue to train in British Columbia for three more days before departing for Shenzhen on August 7.
“I have expectations to do well, and I think we can as a country in how we’ve progressed so far,” Seabrook said. “Right now we are doing so well internationally. I’m representing Canada, Colorado...so many things apart from myself. I really want to help make a good name for Canada Basketball.”
There will be 16 women’s teams at the WUG, split into four, four-team groupings for pool play. Canada is in Pool C with Russia, Poland and South Africa. Pool play begins on Saturday, Aug. 13, with the medal rounds finishing on Monday, Aug. 22.
Seabrook is a seasoned veteran when it comes to the Canadian National Team program. She spent her senior year of high school playing with the National Elite Development Academy (NEDA) before coming to Colorado. Seabrook helped the Canadian Junior National Team to a fourth place finish at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women in Thailand, the country’s best championship finish in that age group. She also saw action at the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the 2007 U19 World Championships in Slovakia.
Seabrook is coming off her best season at Colorado, averaging 5.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while shooting a team-best 48 percent from the field (71-of-147). She shot 60 percent or better in 16 games and 50 percent or better in 20 outings. Seabrook was one of two Buffaloes (joining Brittany Spears) to start all 34 games in 2010-11, helping Colorado to an 18-16 overall record and the quarterfinals of the 2011 Postseason WNIT.
She played a clutch role in the two biggest games of the season that allowed Colorado to advance to the postseason for the first time since 2008. Her offensive rebound off a Spears miss set up Britney Blythe’s game-winning shot at Missouri. In the next game, at Nebraska, she was 3-of-4 from the field, including the go-ahead bucket with 15 seconds remaining in a 64-61 win.
“Our coaching staff and team are so excited that Julie will have the opportunity to play and represent her country at the World University Games,” CU head coach Linda Lappe said. “She has worked hard this summer to prepare for the upcoming season and making this team is an added bonus. We couldn’t be happier for her.”
Competing at the World University Games not only allows Seabrook to represent her country, she can continue to play in an organized team setting while most collegiate student-athletes are wrapping up their summer vacations. That, and the style of play, will hopefully allow Seabrook a smooth transition as her Colorado team prepares for play in the Pac-12 Conference.
“I think this style of play (at the World University Games) will be more effective in the Pac-12 just because it’s more of an athletic style game and not as brutally forceful as the Big 12,” Seabrook said.
“Getting to play in the summer is always awesome because we can’t practice with our coaches. When I went to training camp for our junior national team, in that two weeks, with two-a-day practices for three hours, I just got so much better. Every time you have the chance to play, you get into different situations that will help you improve for the university season.”
She will also have a fellow Colorado Buffalo with her in China. Colorado senior golfer Emily Talley will be competing for Team USA, whose golf roster was announced last winter.