USA Basketball Narrows Down Eligible Players Ahead of 2022 FIBA World Cup in Australia
Earlier today, USA Basketball unveiled 18 players still eligible for roster selection for the 2022 FIBA World Cup. Athletes are selected by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Committee. Members of the selection committee include
USA Basketball invited 14 players to Las Vegas for a training camp and Red v White scrimmage ahead of the announcement.
Nine players from the training camp remain in consideration, including:
Ariel Atkins (Washington Mystics)
Shakira Austin (Washington Mystics)
Aaliyah Boston (South Carolina)
Diamond DeShields (Phoenix Mercury)
Stefanie Dolson (New York Liberty)
Rhyne Howard (Atlanta Dream)
Sabrina Ionescu (New York Liberty)
Betnijah Laney (New York Liberty)
NaLyssa Smith (Indiana Fever)
The list of players includes Kahleah Copper (Chicago Sky), Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm), and Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm), who missed the beginning of camp while competing in the 2022 WNBA Playoffs. They are all expected to meet up with USA Basketball now that their respective playoff runs have concluded. join training camp as their respective WNBA seasons have ended.
Additionally, six competing in the 2022 WNBA Finals are eligible for roster selection. Connecticut Sun players Brionna Jones and Alyssa Thomas are still eligible, as well as Chelsea Gray, Kelsey Plum, A’ja Wilson, and Jackie Young from the Las Vegas Aces. The Aces took Game 1 67-63 Sunday afternoon.
The best-of-five WNBA Finals could run as late as September 20, and USA Basketball is set to open the 2022 FIBA World Cup against Belgium on September 21 in Sydney.