Germantown’s KK Arnold is delighted to fit into US U16 squad
GERMANTOWN, WI (CBS 58) – On June 18, Kamorea “KK” Arnold of Germantown became one of twelve players named to the United States 16 Under National Team.
âIt sounds real, but at the same time, it doesn’t feel real at the same time,â KK Arnold said.
She will wear clothing from the United States this summer in search of success at the FIBA ââU16 Women’s Americas Championship in Santiago, Chile.
âI was screaming like ‘I did it!’. I hugged my USA teammates. I met my family, a group facetime. I was sitting there screaming on the phone,â said Arnold with a big smile.
This continues a rather special last six months for KK. In her second season with Germantown, she led the Warhawks to their first-ever Division I state championship. She was named the Associated Press, Max Preps and Gatorade Player of the Year for the State of Wisconsin. All this, at only 16 years old.
âI just mean you say it gives me goosebumps,â said Kim Arnold, KK’s mom. “I always say all the steps are orderly. So a blessing in itself.”
“I’m amazed as my family keeps reminding me that ‘you did that! “It’s crazy to me how this all happened. I’m just very humbled and blessed,” KK said.
Arnold is Kim and Mike, the father of KK, the youngest of four children. Her mother says she heard basketballs even before she was born.
âThat’s who she is. This passion that she has for basketball in her own right. It’s something I say you can’t teach that. It’s something that she had to. build in it. You don’t teach that passion that KK has, âKim said.
All this on the success in the field, leads to a lot of attention. KK is ranked sixth in the ESPN Super 60 rankings for girls in the class of 2023. She has had unofficial visits with several Division I programs, including Wisconsin and Marquette, and says she has more than 30 offers of. schools.
âYeah, I definitely have a spreadsheet. I have to keep that spreadsheet at home,â Arnold said.
Marquette alumni Joe Chapman and Travis Diener help take him to the next level.
KK is one of the most talented players I have ever known. I think anyone who saw her play would say she is one of the most talented players in the state of Wisconsin, âsaid Travis Diener. âWhatever she decides, I don’t think she can do anything.
Diener says his main goal with his training is to prepare any player mentally for the next level as well as physically. KK appreciates his contribution.
âHe’s been in the NBA before so his mindset has helped me achieve that mindset, just mentally prepare myself for the things to come in my basketball career,â said Arnold. .
This career is only really just beginning.
âBasketball is the world to me, I don’t know what I would do without basketball. I am very grateful for the sport,â said Arnold.
Members of the U16 team will return to Indiana for training camp on August 4th. The FIBA ââAmericas Championship runs from August 16 to 22.