Sydney – WNBA Champions 2022 Aja WilsonAnd the Chelsea Gray And the Kelsey Bloom subordinate Las Vegas Acesplus the 2020 WNBA MVP Brianna Stewart subordinate Seattle Stormthe title of the 12-man list in USA Basketball for the upcoming Basketball World Cup, as the United States seeks to win the World Cup for the fourth time in a row.
Joining that group, announced Tuesday in Sydney, is The Washington Mystics’. Ariel Atkins and Storm’s Joel Lloyd The only other members of Team USA, besides Wilson, Gray and Stewart, are set to play in both the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup after a major change in the NBA ranks.
Notably, this will be the first major FIBA tournament (ie either the World Cup or the Olympics) in more than 20 years where the United States will be without Sue Bird or Diana Taurasi, the historic pair who helped the team win five consecutive Olympic gold medals while also collecting nine World Cup medals. Fellow stalwarts like Silvia Fowles And the Tina Charles have retired or moved to another location, and Britney Greiner Not available due to her arrest in Russia.
Bloom, the 2020 Olympian with a 3×3 team, earned the nod for her second World Cup squad after arriving in 2018. Stewart, the World Cup MVP, will play in her third World Championship, while Wilson and Lloyd are also alumni. The competition.
New entrants to USAB in either of the two major international competitions include New York Liberty Sabrina Unescu And the Petnia LaniChicago Sky Kolaya coppermystics Shakira Austin The Connecticut Sun Briona Jones And the Alyssa Thomas.
Austin, at 22, is the youngest member of the squad, the only one to have made it out of three WNBA 2022 drafters and one college player, High Bostonwho were in a training camp before the World Cup.
“We have been eagerly anticipating the 2022 FIBA Basketball World Cup and welcoming the opportunities and challenges that this competition presents as we take on the best teams in the world,” Sheryl Reeve, head coach for the 2021-24 national team, said in a press release. “The USA roster includes some of the brightest stars in our game and I am excited to lead this team to the goal of winning the World Cup for the fourth time in a row for the USA. I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who was part of our highly competitive training camp and I hope to work with many of them again in the future “.
The list was selected by the US Women’s National Basketball Association Committee, which he chairs Connecticut Sun President Jean Rizzotti.
“I want to personally thank each of the athletes who were involved in this process, from those who started at Las Vegas training camp over two weeks ago to those who made it to Sydney after the WNBA Finals,” Rizzotti added. “The commitment these athletes are showing to their country is unparalleled and I look forward to watching them take to the field in Sydney.”
Other athletes considered for spots on the team prior to the last round of cuts were Boston, who is from South Carolina and is this year’s National Collegiate Player of the Year. Mercury phoenix Diamond DeShields; Liberty Stephanie Dolson; Atlanta dream Ryan Howard; Indiana Fever Nalissa Smith; and Aces Jacky Young.
The World Cup, in which the United States will be one of 12 teams vying for gold, runs from September 22 to October. 1 in Sydney. Team USA kicks off in the group stage on Wednesday at 9:30 PM ET against Belgium. The game will be available via ESPN+.