By Joe Pantorno, Sports Editor
Hofstra women's basketball's junior forward Shante Evans received quite the prestigious call last week to represent the United States in the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico from October 21 to the 25.
"It's the greatest accomplishment I've ever received," said Evans.
Evans is one of eleven collegiate and one high school standouts to fill out the American roster, representing many mid-major schools from around the nation.
USA Basketball national team director Carol Callan sent out invitations in August to many Division I colleges, with one of them going to Evans. The responses to Callan's invitations were impressive as she had a plethora of collegiate talent to choose from.
Hofstra head coach Kirsta Kilburn-Steveskey realizes the honor that Evans has been given.
"It's a wonderful opportunity for all these kids to make this team to get in that USA family," Kilburn-Steveskey told ESPN.com. "You can get yourself on the map."
The Pan American Games are Evans' first chance to show her talents outside of the country and become an ambassador for women's basketball.
"There is a reputation to win the gold playing for the United States national team," said Evans. "With women's basketball growing in popularity, it means a lot that I can help bring the game to other places."
Former University of Colorado coach Ceal Barry will be at the helm for the red, white and blue as Evans looks to learn much from this experience.
"My teammates and coaches are really pushing me," said Evans. "I'm looking forward to picking up some new things during the games."
Evans and the United States will open up against Argentina on October 21 at 1 p.m.