The nation’s top point guard in the 2015 class and recent Tennessee commit, T’ea Cooper is not with her USA Women’s U17 World Championship team due to illness.
Despite being ill, Cooper participated in two live scrimmages with the team in Colorado. Cooper’s condition did not improve after those scrimmages so she was treated with what was found to be tonsillitis. Cooper was not allowed to travel aboard with the team after the treatment.
Team USA is 1-0 after defeating China in their opener in the 2014 FIBA U17 Women’s World Championships in Czech Republic.
Cooper has since full recovered and would receive any medal the team earns in the World Championships. She was unavailable for comment.