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PostPosted: 04/25/18 3:05 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

http://www.wnba.com/news/usa-basketball-training-camp-report-day-1-seattle/

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“You don’t get cut. It’s a numbers game,” Taurasi said. “You only get 12, and you have to put the 12 that work together the best. Sometimes it’s not the 12 best players in the world, but it’s the 12 that work together the best and make each other a great team. That’s always the hardest job. One of the hardest jobs that the coaches and committee have is nailing it down to 12 compatible players, and they’ve always seemed to do a pretty good job of doing that.”


Seems to be repeating the same speech as Bird gave last year.


They’re cutting the squad down to 12 for the exhibition game. I take it if you’re cut from this squad (more cuts to be made as the heavy hitters return), then you have no hope for the 2018 Games.



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http://www.wnba.com/news/usa-basketball-training-camp-report-day-1-seattle/

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You don’t get cut. It’s a numbers game,” Taurasi said. “You only get 12, and you have to put the 12 that work together the best. Sometimes it’s not the 12 best players in the world, but it’s the 12 that work together the best and make each other a great team. That’s always the hardest job. One of the hardest jobs that the coaches and committee have is nailing it down to 12 compatible players, and they’ve always seemed to do a pretty good job of doing that.


Seems to be repeating the same speech as Bird gave last year.


They’re cutting the squad down to 12 for the exhibition game. I take it if you’re cut from this squad (more cuts to be made as the heavy hitters return), then you have no hope for the 2018 Games.


Seems like a Jab being thrown at CP . After hearing the influence she played in 2016's travesty im not surprised.



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PostPosted: 04/25/18 3:30 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

WNBA 09 wrote:
Shades wrote:
http://www.wnba.com/news/usa-basketball-training-camp-report-day-1-seattle/

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You don’t get cut. It’s a numbers game,” Taurasi said. “You only get 12, and you have to put the 12 that work together the best. Sometimes it’s not the 12 best players in the world, but it’s the 12 that work together the best and make each other a great team. That’s always the hardest job. One of the hardest jobs that the coaches and committee have is nailing it down to 12 compatible players, and they’ve always seemed to do a pretty good job of doing that.


Seems to be repeating the same speech as Bird gave last year.


They’re cutting the squad down to 12 for the exhibition game. I take it if you’re cut from this squad (more cuts to be made as the heavy hitters return), then you have no hope for the 2018 Games.


Seems like a Jab being thrown at CP . After hearing the influence she played in 2016's travesty im not surprised.


They always give this speech.. Nothing to do with Parker and everything to do with the fact that USA can field 3 or 4 teams if they want



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PostPosted: 04/25/18 11:33 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

https://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2018/04/usa-wnt-roster-vs-chn.aspx

13 players for the exhibition. No Collier, Gray, T. Mitchell, Sykes, Tuck, or Wiese. Where's the fun if nobody can be accused of bias?

This might also be a good chance to scout Li Yueru, who I believe is part of this China squad.

USA Basketball has it online via their website, Facebook, and YouTube.
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PostPosted: 04/26/18 6:32 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

USA Basketball continues search for Sue Bird's successor

http://www.espn.com/wnba/story/_/id/23316354/usa-basketball-continues-search-sue-bird-successor

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Two-time WNBA All-Star and Dallas Wings guard Skylar Diggins-Smith, 27, looks like the most likely candidate to back up Bird at this fall's FIBA World Cup in Spain. Layshia Clarendon of the Atlanta Dream, a first-time All-Star last year, Indiana Fever rookie Kelsey Mitchell and second-year pro Sydney Wiese of the Los Angeles Sparks are also among the 19 players in attendance


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Ultimately, the USA's next starting point guard might be a younger player -- perhaps Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu -- who emerges in time.


That was my proposal.

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"There might be a 19-year-old who in three years is the best player in the world," said Diana Taurasi, the other player on the U.S. roster with four gold medals. "You never know these things."


Ionescu is 20 yrs old. Was 19 about 6 months ago. Chennedy Carter is 19 though (and eligible for an early draft entry).

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"Do I want to play in the [2020] Olympics? Yeah," Bird said. "If I'm able and willing, absolutely I want to play in the Olympics. But I'm not going to sit here and put myself on that team. That's not fair to me. That's not fair to USA Basketball, the other players competing for a spot."



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PostPosted: 04/26/18 6:45 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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"Do I want to play in the [2020] Olympics? Yeah," Bird said. "If I'm able and willing, absolutely I want to play in the Olympics. But I'm not going to sit here and put myself on that team. That's not fair to me. That's not fair to USA Basketball, the other players competing for a spot."


Since Callan basically said she'd be on the team as long as she wants to be, this is pretty much bs. She will in fact put herself on the team. And actually I don't have too much problem with that if she continues to play at a high level, especially since Whalen took herself out of the picture. I did have a problem with both of them continuing to be on the team.



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PostPosted: 06/04/18 7:24 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Angel McCoughtry has switched from Nike to Adidas, which suggests she might be left off of the team.



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PostPosted: 06/04/18 9:36 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Angel McCoughtry has switched from Nike to Adidas, which suggests she might be left off of the team.


Wow if true would it not look shady to keep DT and Sue now? Mccoughtry came after both , and if i hear anything about "Loyalty" im going to call bullshit ask CP.



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PostPosted: 07/18/18 8:10 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Pre-tournament schedule is announced and Jasmine Thomas has been added:
https://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2018/07/wnt-fall-schedule.aspx
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PostPosted: 07/18/18 10:22 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

OK so here is my most recent (for lack of a better word) prediction.

Bird/C. Gray
Taurasi/Diggins-Smith/Loyd
Moore/EDD
Stewart/Charles/Wilson
Griner/Fowles

McCoughtry and Augustus don't get the loyalty treatment, the Ogwumike's get past over for Wilson (Something about building towards 2024 or some such explanation not becuase Staley was her coach at SC, luckily A'ja is killing it in the W) and Charles (who does get the loyalty treatment) and the last guard spot is a tough competition between Loyd, McBride, and surprisingly K. Mitchell, Durr and Plum, but Loyd grabs it in the end beating out McBride by a hair.


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PostPosted: 07/18/18 10:26 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

J-Spoon wrote:
OK so here is my most recent (for lack of a better word) prediction.

Bird/C. Gray
Taurasi/Diggins-Smith/Loyd
Moore/EDD
Stewart/Charles/Wilson
Griner/Fowles

McCoughtry and Augustus don't get the loyalty treatment, the Ogwumike's get past over for Wilson (Something about building towards 2024 or some such explanation not becuase Staley was her coach at SC, luckily A'ja is killing it in the W) and Charles (who does get the loyalty treatment) and the last guard spot is a tough competition between Loyd, McBride, and surprisingly K. Mitchell, Durr and Plum, but Loyd grabs it in the end beating out McBride by a hair.

Oh please, Nneka had one okay season and everyone wet their chonies over it.


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PostPosted: 07/18/18 10:34 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

SDHoops wrote:
J-Spoon wrote:
OK so here is my most recent (for lack of a better word) prediction.

Bird/C. Gray
Taurasi/Diggins-Smith/Loyd
Moore/EDD
Stewart/Charles/Wilson
Griner/Fowles

McCoughtry and Augustus don't get the loyalty treatment, the Ogwumike's get past over for Wilson (Something about building towards 2024 or some such explanation not becuase Staley was her coach at SC, luckily A'ja is killing it in the W) and Charles (who does get the loyalty treatment) and the last guard spot is a tough competition between Loyd, McBride, and surprisingly K. Mitchell, Durr and Plum, but Loyd grabs it in the end beating out McBride by a hair.

Oh please, Nneka had one okay season and everyone wet their chonies over it.


I don't think it rates an Oh Please, if and when Nneka doesn't make the team everyone will say "she was robbed", and Wilson and Charles even though they are great will get the "only made it because of loyalty or nepotism" shade. (If it plays out that way).


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PostPosted: 08/09/18 5:50 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Angel McCoughtry's injury opens up a spot for someone



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PostPosted: 08/09/18 7:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Angel McCoughtry's injury opens up a spot for someone


Delle Donne can back up Maya, loosening up that crowded PF slot (+Wilson).



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PostPosted: 08/10/18 4:55 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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pilight wrote:
Angel McCoughtry's injury opens up a spot for someone


Delle Donne can back up Maya, loosening up that crowded PF slot (+Wilson).


Yeah i expect EDD and Stewie to play some minutes at the SF spot. But i think Hayes has a better chance of getting on the team aswell.



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PostPosted: 08/10/18 10:53 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Wilson was going to be added to this team all along regardless of the injury though i believe. Dawn is the HC so of course she's going to bring in the greatest Gamecock of all time. Her personal favorite.



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PostPosted: 08/10/18 12:07 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Catchings being gone opened up a spot that always had a chance of going to Wilson (and Nneka not having the greatest season of her life might've kept the whining about Wilson getting in over her down to a dull roar). McCoughtry being out opens up another spot, along with Whalen and quite possibly Augustus dropping out (from the squad for the 2016 Olympics).

So Diggins-Smith, probably. Possibly Wilson. Maybe Nneka as well, with EDD playing more 3 to make room (although that still leaves the post pretty damn crowded). And then pick your favourite new perimeter option. Loyd, McBride, C.Gray, Hayes, J.Thomas, Sims...

What's left of the Olympic squad currently looks something like:

Bird
Taurasi
Moore/EDD
Stewart/Charles
Griner/Fowles



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PostPosted: 08/10/18 12:12 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Forgetting the part where the player has to be total team, can read plays and shoot long from FIBA distance. Wink And I agree with Ricchy that the post is well filled.


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PostPosted: 08/10/18 12:57 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I believe players with statues get an automatic bid.
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PostPosted: 08/11/18 12:40 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I've got (for now)

Bird/C. Gray
Taurasi/Diggins-Smith/?
Moore/EDD
Stewart/Charles/Wilson
Griner/Fowles

? is likely Loyd but if Augustus continues to go to camp and is healthy Loyd might have to wait until 2020

? could also be McBride, K. Mitchell, Sims but I still give Loyd the edge, and wouldn't be too surprised if Plum or Jefferson got back into the conversation, I don't think they will get back to the top of the list but Plum's new PG look could change some minds, and Jefferson may have been in the possible PG of the future pipeline before she got injured.

Come 2020 depending on how they play maybe Ionescu or Durr are in the mix, maybe Diamond works her way back into the conversation, but I think once the new guard blood moves in it will still be a little bit of a waiting game, but both Durr and I believe Ionescu have been invited to recent camps I wonder if Carter starts to make camp appearance in the year after Worlds but before the Olympics?


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PostPosted: 08/11/18 2:03 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Spooner, check out my analysis from 11 months ago (before Whalen retired from USAB). Not too far off.
http://boards.rebkell.net/viewtopic.php?t=92418&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=92



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PostPosted: 08/11/18 2:34 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Shades wrote:
Spooner, check out my analysis from 11 months ago (before Whalen retired from USAB). Not too far off.
http://boards.rebkell.net/viewtopic.php?t=92418&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=92


Yeah I pretty much agree

A year later Diggins-Smith and C. Gray seem to have claimed their spots and Whalen and McCoughtry being out of the mix have opened the door for both to be added.

A year ago I thought N. Ogwumike was a certain addition, But I also thought Wilson was also going to get the new blood spot. I like Nneka but I don't think she has made her position a certainty, add that to Wilson having an amazing year and Wilson looks safe. The one variable is Charles and even though the Liberty have stunk Charles has been consistent and top tier as usual, combined with being an alumni and still near her prime I think Charles is safe and Ogwumike is on the outside looking in.


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PostPosted: 09/01/18 4:54 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I wonder if this is an oversight or is Maya taking the World Cup off? Shocked

https://uconnhuskies.com/news/2018/9/1/womens-basketball-eight-huskies-invited-to-usa-national-team-training-camp.aspx


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Joining Collier are former Huskies Sue Bird, Tina Charles, Stefanie Dolson, Tiffany Hayes, Breanna Stewart, Diana Taurasi and Morgan Tuck.

Bird, Hayes, Stewart and Taurasi are currently competing in the WNBA playoffs and may join the team following the conclusion of their seasons. Charles, Collier, Dolson and Tuck have confirmed their participation in the USA training camp.



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https://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2018/09/wnt-training-roster-usc.aspx

No Diggins or C Gray or J Thomas are at camp or mentioned as possibilities. Apparently Ionescu or Plum will be the backup PG. Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles also conspicuously absent.



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https://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2018/09/wnt-training-roster-usc.aspx


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In addition to Charles, Allisha Gray, Tyasha Harris, Tiffany Mitchell, Nneka Ogwumike, Sims and Wilson, athletes who have confirmed their participation in the USA training camp include: Layshia Clarendon (Connecticut Sun); Napheesa Collier (University of Connecticut); Diamond DeShields (Chicago Sky); Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky); Ruthy Hebard (University of Oregon); Sabrina Ionescu (University of Oregon); Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana Fever); Arike Ogunbowale (University of Notre Dame); Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces); Jessica Shepard (University of Notre Dame); and Morgan Tuck (Connecticut Sun).


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Members of the USA National Team pool who are participating in the 2018 WNBA playoffs will not be available for the beginning of the camp, but may be added at a later date. Those athletes include: Sue Bird (Seattle Storm); Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics); Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury); Tiffany Hayes (Atlanta Dream); Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm); Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm); Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury); and Elizabeth Williams (Atlanta Dream).



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Collier going camping down south this weekend
http://www.journalinquirer.com/sports/collier-going-camping-down-south-this-weekend/article_c8dd6de4-ada1-11e8-bfbd-3f0b0d5f3f31.html

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“I want her to hang on as long as possible,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “I told Pheesa, ‘Don’t go there to be fodder for the WNBA players. Go there to try and make the team.”


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There may be other withdrawals according to Auriemma, who serves as a special advisor to the selection committee.


How convenient for any young UConn players. If Collier actually makes this team, I’ll be more outraged than SpaceJunkie.

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“There are a lot of players who choose not to participate when it comes to the world championships,” Auriemma said. “So it’s a great time for Pheesa to go there and make an impression on the committee. They need to put together a really good team to play in the world championships. I think there are opportunities for Pheesa and the other young players.”


Mhm

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The camp participants, guided by South Carolina coach and three-time Olympic gold medalist Dawn Staley, will work out Monday and Tuesday then hold a USA Red-White Game at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia on Wednesday. After taking Thursday off, they’ll head north and practice in Tarrytown, New York, Friday. A week from tonight, Team USA will face Kia Nurse and Team Canada at Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena.



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How convenient for any young UConn players. If Collier actually makes this team, I’ll be more outraged than SpaceJunkie.


Shades, what are the odds that Reeve will fall in love with one or more of Collier, Shepard, and/or the quality guard from Notre Dame, that she'll end up drafting one of them? And, if so should I be outraged or not?


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It’s probably a good thing that she sees them in camp. I trust her evaluation skills more if she actually sees them up close and personal. She’ll get to see how short Collier is and figure out she’s no PF and that’s what they need foremost. If she thinks Shepard is worthy despite all the outside stuff, then maybe that’s the way to go if she’s the best available. I think there could be something better available at #6 but can you do.

Getting Chiney for some kind package deal involving the #6 pick would be the ultimate.



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It’s probably a good thing that she sees them in camp. I trust her evaluation skills more if she actually sees them up close and personal. She’ll get to see how short Collier is and figure out she’s no PF and that’s what they need foremost. If she thinks Shepard is worthy despite all the outside stuff, then maybe that’s the way to go if she’s the best available. I think there could be something better available at #6 but can you do.

Getting Chiney for some kind package deal involving the #6 pick would be the ultimate.


But Reeve is the same person who should be seeing how good her own players on the Lynx are, but she discards of them easily so she can sign old players based on how well they played against the Lynx 5 or 6 years ago instead. Smile
I demand the Lynx draft a PF at pick #6 too or SpaceJunkie Outrage Levels may hit unprecedented levels. As a person who nicknames Shepard "3-13" based on the conference record she led Nebraska to as a sophomore, I'm probably "asking" for her to end up on the Lynx, even if there's better draft prospects out there. Smile


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I compared the lists. Names in the overall pool, but not listed as part of this squad or potential later additions following playoff participation are:
Augustus,
Diggins-Smith,
Durr,
Fowles,
C.Gray,
McBride,
McCoughtry,
Moore,
C.Ogwumike,
Samuelson,
Sykes,
J.Thomas,
Wiese.

So they're all presumably out of the World Cup. That leaves something like:

‌Bird
‌Charles
‌Clarendon
‌Collier
‌Delle Donne
‌Dolson
‌Gray,A
‌Griner
‌Hayes
‌Loyd
‌Mitchell,T
‌Mitchell,K
‌Ogwumike,N
‌Plum
‌Sims
‌Stewart
‌Taurasi
‌Tuck
‌Williams,E
‌Wilson,A

Plus, also invited to camp:
DeShields
Harris,T
Hebard
Ionescu
Ogunbowale
Shepard

If someone else wants to parse this all into positional options, that'd be nice. I'm in the middle of nowhere with limited tech right now.



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PostPosted: 09/02/18 12:14 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

if above is the list the team comes from maybe something like

Bird/Sims/Ionescu
Taurasi/Loyd
EDD*/Hayes
Stewart/N. Ogwumike/Wilson
Griner/Charles

last picks comes down to Ionescu, K. Mitchell and Plum ie who is the PG of the future pick (even though they are all kind of 2s but probably have to play point on the National Team and in the W).

Are we sure that you have to be in this camp or the playoffs to make the team? I realize Worlds is soon but if someone like Moore or Fowles wanted to be on the team but wanted a post playoff break wouldn't they still be pretty automatic to make the team? And even though they have never been on the National Team if C. Gray or Diggins-Smith are in consideration to get a PG spot in 2020 I would think they might still get the spot over the younger players in this camp even if they sat out this last camp before naming the team. Though that does seem like a risky move unless they have some sort of minor injury as this is the last camp before naming the team I assume.

*Also if EDD's injury prevents her from going I wonder who gets her spot? I will go with Deshields.


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She won’t make the team, but interesting to point out Harris made this tryout squad. If Geno was coaching and Dangerfield made this squad the posts would be flowing.


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PostPosted: 09/02/18 1:52 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

J-Spoon wrote:
Are we sure that you have to be in this camp or the playoffs to make the team?

Based on how the USABasketball release is written at https://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2018/09/wnt-training-roster-usc.aspx it sure seems like the Worlds squad is coming from that group. No mention of why the likes of Diggins-Smith, McBride, Gray etc. apparently aren't showing up, though.

I don't know much about some of the college options, but I think we're left with something like:

Bird/Sims/Plum/Clarendon/Ionescu/Harris
Taurasi/Loyd/Hayes/K.Mitchell/T.Mitchell/Ogunbowale
Delle Donne/A.Gray/DeShields
Stewart/Charles/Wilson/Collier/Tuck/Hebard
Griner/N.Ogwumike/E.Williams/Dolson/Shepard

They're a little thin on true 3s, but it's not like three-guard lineups are going to kill them...



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So based on geno's words Maya and Fowles decided to take the worlds off. Without Fowles doesnt really matter because you have Griner and then Charles at the 5 so not really a dropoff there and there will be plenty of minutes for Stewart and Nneka backing her up at the 4. EDD at the 3 instead of Maya or Angel can provide some challenges because Maya(and Angel) can handle smaller perimeter players better and also switched to the 2 sometimes.

But what happened with Diggins and C Gray? I cant see both of them deciding not to play aswell because future with team USA might depend on this. It was their ultimate chance with Whalen retiring.

If i had to choose between Plum or Sims backing up Bird then it would be Plum for sure.
Hayes as a backup SF is not really a problem against smaller teams and for sure isnt a problem when DT is on the floor too because she can take the bigger defensive matchup and with Griner defending the basket who doesnt have to worry about the defensive 3 second rule

Bird, Plum
Taurasi, Loyd
EDD, Hayes
Stewart, Nneka
Griner, Charles

So 2 spots left and maybe 3 if EDD is not healthy.



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With Gray and Diggins-Smith apparently out of the picture, I'd be sorely tempted to find room for Ionescu as the third PG (whoever the second one is). She has the potential to be very, very good, and at the very least you make her ineligible to decide playing for Romania might be worthwhile (if she's even still eligible to switch at this point).



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My twelve would be:

PG: Bird/Sims/Ionescu
SG: Hayes/Loyd
SF: Taurasi/DeShields
PF: Stewart/Charles/Wilson/
C: Griner/N.Ogwumike

They lock in Ionescu, Wilson & DeShields for the future. Loyd makes it by Delle Donne sitting out due to her knee. E. Williams could make it over N. Ogwumike if she's not 100%.



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Richyyy wrote:
With Gray and Diggins-Smith apparently out of the picture, I'd be sorely tempted to find room for Ionescu as the third PG (whoever the second one is). She has the potential to be very, very good, and at the very least you make her ineligible to decide playing for Romania might be worthwhile (if she's even still eligible to switch at this point).



Fast-tracking Ionescu is a very progressive and interesting idea.



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Even With Accomplished Resume, Dawn Staley Still Learning, Working to Improve

https://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2018/09/staley-feature.aspx


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Staley confronts multiple challenges in September. The first is trying to adequately prepare her team to win a world title despite spending so little time together. The second is that many of her players will have just finished a WNBA season and might be banged up.


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She is more concerned about the lack of preparation time. She said she will focus her energy on making sure everyone is on the same page for those times that come along in a tournament when an opponent is making a run or maybe even takes a lead.



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They've added a roster page for the training camp now, which adds Hayes, Stewart, Taurasi and E.Williams to the list of 18, but not Bird, Delle Donne, Griner or Loyd. Might not mean anything, but odd.

https://www.usab.com/womens/national-team/roster/2018-wc-training.aspx



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Now I'm wondering why four of them have a slightly different design of uniform.



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Richyyy wrote:
Now I'm wondering why four of them have a slightly different design of uniform.


Newbies wearing low numbers usually given to the more senior members.



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Team USA often includes the top college player for the World Championships, so adding Ionescu would make a lot of sense.


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I remember telling people not to read too much into Diamond being left off the previous USA invitee lists......People would go on and on about how Diamond was a malcontent with a bad attitude.


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To me, players that aren't injured and don't care to show up, shouldn't be considered going forward. Take Skylar for instance....she doesn't play overseas and if she's not inured, how much rest does she need?


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https://www.usab.com/news-events/news/2018/09/new-and-notes-sept-3.aspx

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Athletes rising through the junior ranks hoped that one day they’d be able to don a red USA jersey. For six athletes at camp, that day was today.

Diamond DeShields (Chicago Sky)
Tyasha Harris (University of South Carolina)

Ruthy Hebard (University of Oregon)
Sabrina Ionescu (University of Oregon)
Arike Ogunbowale (University of Notre Dame)
Jessica Shepard (University of Notre Dame)

Each proudly entered the gym in the iconic USA National Team uniform and the significance of the day was not lost on them.

“It was an amazing feeling, because I played on two younger USA Basketball teams, and they wear navy, of course,” beamed Harris. “And when I put the red on, and everybody is like, ‘Oh, first time wearing red!’ So, it was just an exciting feeling.”


I separated the bottom 4 players on this list since they match the 4 players with the slightly different uniform in the above picture.


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Dawn Staley
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As players get knocked out of the WNBA playoffs, are you hoping the national team players show up the next day?
That’s the best-case scenario, but we know that won’t happen. If they get knocked out tomorrow, hopefully we will see them maybe in D.C. They have to go back and back, and they have exit meetings and all that. So, best-case scenario would be for them to join us in D.C.

Hoping the Mystics move onto the Finals?

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What is it like to have four Gamecocks out there?
It’s the best. I think for me, it helps with familiarity to see some of your players out there. They know what plays we’re running, so they don’t stick out like a sore thumb – none of them did today, which is always a great thing to see. Because they all have aspirations to play in the WNBA and playing on this level, and what better way to do than in this setting.

Geno V2.0

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What would you bring to the USA World Cup Team?
Obviously, my athleticism on the wing, my ability to defend. I feel like I can be one of the best defenders in the league, in the world, and I think that would be the first thing for me. Obviously, we have a lot of scorers. That’s what USA Basketball always has. I can score, too. But, that’ll be secondary to my defense.


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You played for Jen Rizzotti on the 2011 USA U19 World Cup Team. What is it like being back out here, having her as one of your coaches?
When I was young, I was a knucklehead, and coach Jen was always on me. I was actually laughing with Morgan Tuck and Stefanie (Dolson) about it and some of the practices we had with coach Jen. Specifically, the encounters she and I had at practice (laughing). But, it’s good. It’s all fun. I’ve come a long way since then. It’s nice to be here with somebody familiar who can see my growth. I’m just happy to see her.

I wonder where she picked up that term? Laughing It should be somebody other than herself (or some of her other biggest fans) declaring how far she has come from her knucklehead days.

Sabrina Ionescu
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What were your biggest adjustments today as a player?
Just the physicality of the game. That and the overall speed of the game is a lot different than what you’re used to in college. I think at every level, it just gets harder and harder, and they were just definitely a lot stronger, quicker and had a better understanding of the game and adjustments. They helped me through that, and they showed great leadership. So, it was nice for me to be out there playing with them.


Nneka Ogwumike
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As one of the more veteran players out here, have any of the younger players asked you for advice or are you simply leading by example?
I’ve always been a person who leads by example, but I’ve become more vocal in the latter part of my career. I know that as a post player it’s a little different, because you’re not really directing the floor. But, you can still be a leader in a lot of different ways. So, I kind of feel the role now, with the group that we have.

Might have to pencil Nneka into the lineup since she has taken the reins as a leader.



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Richyyy wrote:
They've added a roster page for the training camp now, which adds Hayes, Stewart, Taurasi and E.Williams to the list of 18, but not Bird, Delle Donne, Griner or Loyd. Might not mean anything, but odd.

https://www.usab.com/womens/national-team/roster/2018-wc-training.aspx

For what it's worth, Doug Feinberg says that it was just 'a cut and paste error'. Not sure how you add four names scattered through the alphabet to a roster page and leave four off, but he's usually very reliable.



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You now have to wonder if Bird may sit out with her broken nose. Who starts at PG?



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Richyyy wrote:
They've added a roster page for the training camp now, which adds Hayes, Stewart, Taurasi and E.Williams to the list of 18, but not Bird, Delle Donne, Griner or Loyd. Might not mean anything, but odd.

https://www.usab.com/womens/national-team/roster/2018-wc-training.aspx


Not seeing Hayes, Stewart, Taurasi, or E. Williams on the link you provided.

In other words, no bios for players whose WNBA teams are still in the playoffs.


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Great to hear about Diamond ... the talent has always been there, and add a non-knucklehead attitude, and we have an Olympian at some point.

This is good for her and good for the game ...



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