USA invites 29 players to Women’s Hoops World Cup camp | Basketball

By DOUG FEINBERG – AP Basketball Writer

The USA women’s basketball team will have a lot of new faces when the Americans take part in the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup next month in Australia.

Retired Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles, who have played key roles in American dominance over the past two decades of international competition. Diana Taurasi was not on the training camp roster but told The Associated Press before she suffered a quad injury that she was “maybe” to compete in Sydney.

Aliyah Boston of South Carolina was the only college player among the 29 invited to USA Basketball’s training camp which begins next month in Las Vegas. She helped South Carolina win its second national championship and was the AP Player of the Year.

The camp will take place September 6-12 with an intrasquad game scheduled for September 10. The Americans will then travel to Australia to train before the start of the World Cup.

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Joining Boston are nine Tokyo Olympics players, including A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart. Players will report to camp at the end of their WNBA seasons. The playoffs start on Wednesday and if the WNBA Finals lasts five games, it will end on September 20 – just before the start of the World Cup.

“That’s the plan. The plan is to take care of business here, keep playing for Seattle for as long as possible, and then go to Australia for the world championships,” Stewart said. an airplane, that’s what we do.”

The World Cup roster is due approximately 48 hours before the start of the tournament, which runs from September 22 to October 22. 1.

“It’s all on the table,” said United States national team manager Briana Weiss, who took over from longtime executive Carol Callan. “I think when we’re dealing with a tight schedule like this, you have all the options.”

Ariel Atkins, Chelsea Gray and Jewel Loyd were also part of the Tokyo Olympic team that won a seventh consecutive gold medal 5-5. Kelsey Plum, Allisha Gray, Stefanie Dolson and Jackie Young were part of the team gold medalist for the first 3 against 3 competition in Tokyo. They are also part of the training camp roster.

“I look forward to welcoming this incredible group of athletes to a productive training camp as we prepare for the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2022,” said coach Cheryl Reeve. “These athletes will come to camp having completed their WNBA seasons and it speaks volumes about their competitive drive and commitment to USA Basketball that they will come to Las Vegas ready to compete at the highest level.”

Elena Delle Donne and Angel McCoughtry also have Olympic and World Cup experience, winning gold at each. Both missed the Tokyo Games due to injuries and are on the U.S. camp roster. McCoughtry started the season with the Minnesota Lynx before having his contract bought out early in the season.

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