University of Kentucky guard Jennifer O'Neill was selected this week to be a member of the Puerto Rican national basketball team as it tries to earn a trip to the 2012 Olympics.
O'Neill's mother, Maritza Robles, is Puerto Rican and her maternal grandmother is a native, which made O'Neill eligible for the national team.
"Playing for Puerto Rico will allow me to represent my family in a very special way," the 5-foot-6 guard said in a UK news release. "It's been a great experience so far because I'm learning a lot in practice, getting a lot of reps and learning how to read defenses better."
O'Neill sat out last season at UK after having surgery on her right foot.
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The Puerto Rican team will travel to Turkey June 25-July 1 for the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament and compete for one of the final five spots in the London Games.
It's a great opportunity for the former McDonald's All-American, UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said.
"It is an honor for any player to get to play at this level with a chance to compete in the Olympics," Mitchell said. "All of us at UK will be cheering for Jen as she tries to help the Puerto Rican national team earn a spot."
O'Neill would be the first women's basketball player in program history to compete in the Olympics.