South Carolina Gamecocks senior post player A'ja Wilson is injured and will not be able to participate in the upcoming Four Nations Tournament Aug. 12-15 in Tokyo, Japan.
Wilson, the 2017 Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, was announced Friday as part of the U.S. roster for the Under-23 event. But on Saturday, USA Basketball announced that Wilson is out because of a groin strain.
Ohio State guard Linnae Harper has been added to the U.S. roster; her backcourt mate with the Ohio State Buckeyes, Kelsey Mitchell, was already a member of the team.
Harper's inclusion makes the U.S. squad even more guard-heavy. The other guards on the team: Texas' Ariel Atkins, Louisville's Asia Durr, Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu, Stanford's Brittany McPhee, Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale, and UCLA's Jordin Canada.
Also on the team is guard/forward Jaime Nared of Tennessee. With the 6-foot-5 Wilson out, the only true post players now are Tennessee center Mercedes Russell, Baylor center Kalani Brown, and UCLA forward Monique Billings.
The team is coached by Louisville's Jeff Walz.