Mitchell Invited to Pan Am Games Tryout

by Judy Willson
Mitchell Invited to Pan Am Games Tryout

BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU rising senior Ayana Mitchell has received an invitation to the 2019 U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Basketball trials from May 16-20 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“The excitement is unreal and a feeling I haven’t felt in a long time,” Mitchell said about the invitation. “It is an honor and truly a blessing to just be invited. The training that I am putting in now has kind of calmed the excitement feeling because I’m in grind mode. But I think when I board the plane for Colorado the excitement will take over again.”

The trials will determine the 12-member team to represent the United States at the 2019 Pan American Games on August 6-10 in Lima, Peru. Training camp for the Games will take place in Colorado Springs, from July 23-August 5. Among the 39 athletes expected to take part in the trials, Mitchell is one of 15 making their first USA Basketball trials appearance and one of six invitees representing the Southeastern Conference.

“This is an amazing opportunity for Ayana,” said LSU head coach Nikki Fargas, herself a gold medal USA Basketball coach in 2012 and 2013. “LSU has a rich history with USA Basketball teams and we are excited for Ayana to represent not only LSU, but Team USA as well.”

Mitchell finished the 2018-19 season ranked 24th in the nation and second in the SEC, shooting a 56.3 field goal percentage to lead LSU. The Conyers, Georgia, native was 30th in the nation and third in the SEC in rebounds per game at 10.5 and was 20th in the nation and second in the league with 16 double-doubles. An All-SEC First Team and All-Louisiana First Team selection, she was 18th in the nation and third in the SEC in offensive rebounds (4.0) and third in the SEC in defensive rebounds (6.5) per game. Mitchell ranked 17th in the SEC with 13.5 points per game and tied for 11th in steals per game (1.7). She is 25th in minutes played at 30.8 minutes per game. Against Auburn on March 3, Mitchell grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds and became the 15th Lady Tiger to crack the 700 career rebounds mark. Mitchell earned the team’s MVP and Offensive Player of the Year honors, along with the L Club Team Captain Award for the 2018-19 season.

Started in 1955 for women, the Pan American Games are held every four years in the year preceding the Olympics. It is a multi-sport competition open to men (started in 1951) and women representing countries from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. A full listing of Pan Am Games invitees is available at

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