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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Stewart, four former UConn stars taking part in U.S. national team training camp

UConn will be well represented at the upcoming U.S. national team training camp being held in Storrs later this month.

Current star forward Breanna Stewart will be joined by former UConn stars Sue Bird, Stefanie Dolson, Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi. UConn and U.S. national team head coach Geno Auriemma will run the camp while associate head coach Chris Dailey and former UConn star Jen Rizzotti will serve as court coaches.

The training camp will take place from Feb. 21-23 at the Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center.

The timing of the camp allows Stewart, the only active college player on the list of Olympic finalists, to take part in practices without missing any games as the Huskies play at East Carolina on Feb. 20 and the next game is at home on Feb. 24 against SMU. Stewart will miss some practice time with her UConn squad during the camp although at least one of the days of the camp figures to be an off day for the Huskies.

Seimone Augustus, Tamika Catchings, Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner, Jewell Loyd , Kayla McBride, Angel McCoughtry, Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Danielle Robinson, Courtney Vandersloot and Lindsay Whalen are also expected to take part in the training camp. Other finalists for the Olympic team including former UConn star Tina Charles are not expected to take part in the camp due to overseas playing commitments.

The training camp sessions will not be open to the public.

Reigning Nancy Lieberman Award winner Moriah Jefferson is one of 10 candidates for the 2016 award given to the nation's top women's collegiate point guard.

Jefferson leads UConn with 124 assists and 62 steals and is the third-leading scorer, averaging 13.5 points per game.

Army's Kelsey Minato, Baylor's Niya Johnson, DePaul's Jessica January, Duquesne's April Robinson, Maryland's Brene Moseley, Notre Dame's Lindsay Allen, Kelsey Mitchell of Ohio State, Jasmine Nwajei of Wagner and Washington's Kelsey Plum are the other candidates.

UConn sophomore guard Kia Nurse, the only player to start all 23 games for the Huskies this season, was one of  eight players named to the CoSIDA Division I District I All-Academic squad making her eligible for Academic All-American honors.

The Yale duo of  Nyasha Sarju and Whitney Wyckoff are also District I All-Academic picks while Briana Bradford of the University of New Haven was named to the Division II District I squad.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim -

Do you know what the Olympic rules are regarding rosters? Are there 3 alternates named to Team USA besides the 12? Is there a deadline when an alternate player can be officially named as a replacement for a roster player? In other words, are alternates allowed to travel with Team USA to Rio 2016? Thanks for any information you could provide.

It will be interesting to see the mix of veterans and youth named to Team USA. Taurasi, Bird, and Whalen are not quick or fast guards.

Hope that Delle Donne will be as close to 100% to play in Rio 2016. Lyme Disease is the only thing that can stop her on the court.

Would love to see Dolson make the team or at least be named an alternate. Excellent passer, shoots with either hand in the low post, can hit outside shots, and knows Auriemma's system.

When can we expect your Team USA roster prediction? :-)

Be careful in the dangerous cold and winds today and the weekend!!

7:58 AM 
Anonymous Joe said...

Sue Bird had a great run, I wonder though, given her current speed and skill set, whether it is time to move on from her, especially given the youth and talent in the wings at that position. A lot will depend upon whether the Committee wants to go with two centers or three. Griner and Charles are a lock.

So are Maya Moore and Della Donne at forwards.

1:57 PM 
Blogger Jim Fuller said...

USA Basketball could name a team with alternates if they wish but there is a roster deadline shortly before the stat of the Olympics when they have to name the 12 players on the team

5:28 PM 

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