Nine Tokyo Olympians and 2021-22 national college player of the year Aliyah Boston headline the invitees to USA Basketball's national team training camp next month, held in preparation for the upcoming FIBA World Cup.
The training camp will take place Sept. 6-12 in Las Vegas and feature an intrasquad Red-White game Sept. 10 before the roster is finalized before the World Cup, which runs Sept. 22-Oct. 1 and will be held in Sydney, Australia.
The full list of expected participants at training camp features Ariel Atkins, Shakira Austin, Boston, Kahleah Copper, Elena Delle Donne, Diamond DeShields, Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray, Chelsea Gray, Dearica Hamby, Myisha Hines-Allen, Natasha Howard, Rhyne Howard, Sabrina Ionescu, Brionna Jones, Betnijah Laney, Jewell Loyd, Kayla McBride, Angel McCoughtry, Arike Ogunbowale, Kelsey Plum, Aerial Powers, NaLyssa Smith, Breanna Stewart, Alyssa Thomas, Courtney Williams, A'ja Wilson and Jackie Young.
Athletes will report "pending the conclusion of their WNBA seasons and the progression of the national team selection process," USA Basketball said in a release.
"I am looking forward to welcoming this amazing group of athletes to a productive training camp as we prepare for the 2022 FIBA World Cup," national team coach Cheryl Reeve said in a release. "These athletes will report to camp having just completed their WNBA seasons and it says a lot about their competitive drive and commitment to USA Basketball that they will come to Las Vegas prepared to participate at the highest level."
Atkins, Chelsea Gray, Loyd, Stewart and Wilson won gold in Tokyo last year with the 5-on-5 team. All four members of the gold-medal-winning 3-on-3 squad -- Allisha Gray, Dolson, Plum and Young -- also made the cut for training camp. Wilson, Stewart, Delle Donne, Loyd and Plum were also all on the United States' most recent World Cup team, which took home gold in Spain in 2018.
Delle Donne and McCoughtry were Olympians in previous cycles, including in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, but did not make the cut for Tokyo because of injury. McCoughtry has appeared in three WNBA games in two years because of knee injuries and has been a free agent after taking a buyout from the Lynx shortly following the start of the season.
Boston, a rising senior at South Carolina and the expected No. 1 overall WNBA draft pick in 2023, is the only collegiate representative for training camp in Vegas. She is joined by 2022 WNBA rookies Austin, Rhyne Howard and Smith.
Notable absences from the training camp roster include Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles, stalwarts of the national team who are retiring this summer; three-time Olympian Tina Charles; Diana Taurasi, a five-time Olympic gold medalist who missed the end of the WNBA regular season with a quad injury and whose status for the playoffs is unknown; Skylar Diggins-Smith, who is done for the season for personal reasons; Napheesa Collier, who played in just the final week of the WNBA regular season after giving birth in May; and Brittney Griner, who has been detained in Russia since February.
Reeve will be joined in Australia by assistant coaches Mike Thibault, Kara Lawson and Joni Taylor.
The U.S., which has now won seven consecutive Olympic golds, hopes to follow up its Tokyo performance with its fourth straight World Cup win, dating back to 2010.