USA Basketball named 27 players to its training camp roster for the 2014 FIBA World Championship for women in Turkey on Aug. 25. Training camp begins on September 8 at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
“The 27 who have been invited represent a cross section of what the USA National Team is ultimately all about,” said Geno Auriemma, 2013-16 USA National Team and University of Connecticut head coach. “It’s some of the best players in the world. It’s a combination of past Olympic and World Championship gold medalists. It’s also young players who have also won gold medals at various levels of USA Basketball, pros in the WNBA, college players, veterans and rookies and everything in between. I think we’re going to be able to pick a 12-player roster that’s going to be as good as any team we’ve ever had.”
The U.S. roster consists of 26 WNBA players and 1 college standout (Breanna Stewart). Of the 27 players on the camp roster, 10 are guards. The U.S. also has seven players who can play multiple positions. The rest of the red, white and blue roster includes five forwards and five centers.
Here is a look at the roster:
Guards: Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock), Bria Hartley (Washington Mystics), Briann January (Indiana Fever), Kayla McBride (San Antonio Stars), Danielle Robinson (San Antonio Stars), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago Sky), Odyssee Sims ( Tulsa Shock) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx).
Guards/Forwards: DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix Mercury), Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) and Monica Wright (Minnesota Lynx).
Forwards: Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), Chiney Ogwumike (Connecticut Sun), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx)
Center/ Forwards : Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut)
Center: Stefanie Dolson (Washington Mystics), , Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Tina Charles (New York Liberty), Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury), Jantel Lavender (Los Angeles Sparks)
The training camp roster includes three-time Olympic gold medalists Bird, Catchings and Taurasi; two-time Olympic gold medalists Augustus, Fowles and Parker; as well as 2012 Olympic gold medalists Charles, Moore, McCoughtry and Whalen.
Bird and Catchings have won two FIBA World Championship gold medals (2002, 2010); while Charles, Dupree, Fowles, McCoughtry, Moore and Whalen captured FIBA World Championship gold in 2010; and Augustus, Bird, Catchings, Parker and Thompson played on the 2006 USA World Championship Team that returned with the bronze medal.
The USA will compete in a pair of exhibition contests during its domestic training. The first game is the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Showcase, a Red versus White intrasquad game scheduled for Sept. 11 (7 p.m. EDT) at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware.
Then the squad will travel up the coast to Bridgeport, Connecticut, the USA will train Sept. 14 alongside 2013 FIBA Americas Championship silver medalist Canada. The U.S. and Canada will partake in a scrimmage on Sept. 15, at Webster Bank Arena.
In addition to the domestic exhibition schedule, the USA squad will play four additional exhibition games in Europe against 2012 Olympic silver medalist France, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Australia, 2010 FIBA World Championship silver medalist Czech Republic and 2013 FIBA Asia bronze medalist China, prior to the start of the World Championship.
Finalists for the 2014 USA World Championship Team will compete in the 2014 France International Tournament in the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris, Sept. 19-21. Opening against Australia on Sept. 19, the U.S. will face China on Sept. 20 and close the round-robin tournament against host France on Sept. 21.
From there, the Americans will head to Prague, Czech Republic, for an exhibition against Czech Republic on Sept. 23, before traveling to Istanbul for their final pre-World Championship preparations.
The World Championships will get under way on Sept. 27 and run through October 5 in Turkey.
The USA , the defending champions of the event, has a 97-21 mark during the World Championships that includes eight gold medals,
Auriemma will be assisted by Doug Bruno (DePAul), Cheryl Reeve (Minnesota Lynx) and Dawn Stahley (South Carolina).