March 28, 2024 

Caitlin Clark named to Team USA roster for training camp

The roster will feature nine Olympians

On Thursday, Team USA announced the 14-player roster for a pre-Olympics training camp, which will take place in Cleveland at Clinic Courts from April 3 to 5.

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Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark, the all-time leading scorer in NCAA Division I basketball, is included on the national team’s training camp roster, and her participation will be subject to her team’s progression in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Clark has won three gold medals with USA Basketball junior national teams, including one as a member of the 2021 U.S. women’s U-19 national team. She won the Most Valuable Player award in the World Cup Tournament.

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Clark recently declared for this year’s WNBA Draft and is presumed to be the No. 1 pick by the Indiana Fever on April 15.

Five-time Olympic gold medalist and Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi is one of nine Olympians listed on the training camp roster. That list also includes Washington Mystics’ Ariel Atkins; Las Vegas Aces’ Chelsea Gray; Kelsey Plum, A’ja Wilson, and Jackie Young; the New York Liberty’s Breanna Stewart, the Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner, and the Seattle Storm’s Jewell Loyd. Plum and Young won gold medals in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as members of the U.S. 3×3 women’s national team.

Indiana Fever forward Aliyah Boston and Atlanta Dream guard Rhyne Howard, the last two No. 1 draft picks in the WNBA, were also named to the roster, along with the Liberty’s Sabrina Ionescu and the Washington Mystics’ Shakira Austin.

Minnesota Lynx head coach and four-time WNBA Champion Cheryl Reeve will be the head coach throughout Team USA’s training camp. In February, Team USA participated in an Olympic qualifying tournament in Antwerp, Belgium, and went undefeated, 3-0. They are headed to the Summer Olympics, where they will face Japan on July 29, Belgium on Aug. 1, and Germany on Aug. 4.

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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 since December 2022. She is also a sports reporter for the Sun Devils’ women’s basketball team for The State Press. Her work has also appeared on AZPreps365.

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