College, Pro-Players in 2017-20 USA Women's Basketball Team Pool

  1. SAN ANTONIO, TX - JULY 8: Seattle Storm's Sue Bird (10) looks for an open pass in the the game against the San Antonio Stars on July 8, 2016. (Anthony Mazur/AM News Net)
    SAN ANTONIO, TX - JULY 8: Seattle Storm's Sue Bird (10) looks for an open pass in the the game against the San Antonio Stars on July 8, 2016. (Anthony Mazur/AM News Net)
  2. SAN ANTONIO, TX - JULY 8: Seattle Storm's Jewell Loyd (24) plays on defense in the the game against the San Antonio Stars on July 8, 2016. (Anthony Mazur/AM News Net)
    SAN ANTONIO, TX - JULY 8: Seattle Storm's Jewell Loyd (24) plays on defense in the the game against the San Antonio Stars on July 8, 2016. (Anthony Mazur/AM News Net)
  3. DALLAS, TX - APRIL 2: South Carolina junior A'ja Wilson and her team holds up the NCAA national championship trophy after the 2017 Women's Final Four title game. South Carolina defeated Mississippi State 67-55 on April 2, 2017. (Anthony Mazur/AM News Net)
    DALLAS, TX - APRIL 2: South Carolina junior A'ja Wilson and her team holds up the NCAA national championship trophy after the 2017 Women's Final Four title game. South Carolina defeated Mississippi State 67-55 on April 2, 2017. (Anthony Mazur/AM News Net)
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Posted 12/14/17, 4:11 PM CST

DALLAS (AM News Net)  –  29 athletes today were announced as players for the 2017-20 USA Women’s Basketball National Team Pool. The list includes 13 Olympic and/or FIBA World Cup gold medalists, professional players, and even a college player, the South Carolina Gamecocks’ A’ja Wilson.

In addition, the athletes include Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd of the Seattle Storm.

“I’m incredibly pleased with the pool of players that make up the 29 and the different experiences that they bring to the team,” Dawn Staley, head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks said.

Staley, who will be helping with the team’s training camp, currently has her team 9-1 this season and ranked number four nationally. Further, the Gamecocks are the reigning NCAA national champions, having defeated Mississippi State in the 2017 Women’s Final Four.

“I’m looking forward to putting my stamp on this training camp, because it’s new, it’s different,” Staley said. “Yet, you can give the 29 members of the pool anything to run, and they’re going to make you look good. We just have to get together to form some chemistry. Many of us have been together and worked together, just not in this capacity.”

The chemistry will be important for the team.

“So, anytime we can get the USA National Team together and work for a few days, it’s only going to benefit us in the long run,” Staley said. “Anytime you can assemble the best players in our country together in one place, it always is an incredible thing.”

The pool of athletes, selected by a committee including UConn head coach Geno Auriemma, who also was a coach at the recent Women’s Final Four and coached the USA Women’s National team to win gold medals at the Olympics, will train daily from February at the Carolina Coliseum.

The list of all athletes will be announced at a later date.

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