October 26, 2023
USA Basketball announces roster for exhibition camp in November
Training camp is set to take place on Nov. 7-9 in Atlanta
On Thursday, USA Basketball released the roster for the training camp set to take place in Atlanta from Nov. 7-9. They are looking to win their eighth consecutive Olympic gold medal in the Paris Olympics that will take place next summer.
Diana Taurasi, a guard for the Phoenix Mercury and a five-time Olympic gold medalist, is set to participate in both exhibition games along with six other players. She and Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird made Olympic history in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by becoming the first set of players to win five gold medals.
Brittney Griner, the Phoenix Mercury center and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, will make her appearance for Team USA after being wrongfully detained in a Russian prison for nearly nine months before being released through a high-prisoner exchange last December. She played her first WNBA game since 2021 and was selected for this year’s All-Star game.
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Guard Kahleah Copper, who signed a contract extension with the Chicago Sky in September, and Los Angeles Sparks center Azurá Stevens will be listed in the rosters of both teams. Stevens also won a gold medal with the USA 3×3 team in Santiago earlier this week after leading all players in points scored in the gold medal game with 11.
Sabrina Ionescu and Betnijah Laney from the New York Liberty and Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young from the Las Vegas Aces, who played in the WNBA Finals this year, will also be part of the roster for the upcoming exhibition games. Ionescu will appear in both exhibition games, Laney and Young will play against Tennessee on Nov. 5, and Plum will be available to play against Duke on Nov. 12.
Additionally, Plum and Young both participated and won a gold medal in the USA’s 3×3 in 2021 and are a part of the Las Vegas Aces’ back-to-back championship teams in 2022 and 2023.
Atlanta Dream teammates Allisha Gray and Rhyne Howard, who led the team to its first playoff berth since 2018, will also play in both games for Team USA. Also, Gray won the gold medal when playing for the Team USA 3×3 team in the Tokyo Olympics.
Angel McCoughtry, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, is now in the Team USA player pool after last playing for the Minnesota Lynx in 2022. She also played for the Atlanta Dream for 11 seasons and led the team to three finals appearances.
Arike Ogunbowale and Natasha Howard led the Dallas Wings to their first semifinal appearance since 2008. They will also participate alongside Los Angeles Sparks forward and two-time WNBA All-star Dearica Hamby in Team USA training camp and play against Duke on Nov. 12.
Forward and center Aliyah Boston, who won the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award in 2023 and led the South Carolina Gamecocks to win the national championship in 2022, along with Olympic gold medalist and guard/forward for the Washington Mystics Ariel Atkins, will both be playing against Tennessee on Nov. 5 and participating in the training camp.
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Atkins, Copper, Ionescu, Laney, and Plum won gold in Sydney as members of the 2022 USA Women’s World Cup Team.
The head coach for the 2021-24 Team USA Women’s National Team is Cheryl Reeve, who has won four WNBA championships for the Minnesota Lynx. She will be assisted by Mike Thibault, the general manager for the Washington Mystics, and Curt Miller, the head coach for the Los Angeles Sparks. Tanisha Wright, head coach of the Atlanta Dream, and Stephanie White, who won the 2023 Coach of the Year Award for the Connecticut Sun, will serve as court coaches.
The USA Women’s National Team has two upcoming basketball games. On Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. EST, they will face the Tennessee Lady Vols, and this game will be aired on SEC Network. A week later, on Nov. 12, they will play against the Duke Blue Devils women’s basketball team. The game will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra at noon EST, followed by a tape-delayed presentation on ACC Network at 8 p.m. EST. Additionally, all games will be available for streaming on the ESPN app.
USA Basketball also announced that they will face Belgium, Nigeria, and Senegal in the 2024 Qualifying Tournament set to take place in Antwerp in February.
Written by Aya Abdeen
Aya Abdeen is a student in sports journalism at Arizona State University and has been a contributing writer for The Next Hoops since December 2022. Her work has also appeared on AZPreps365.