Baylor sophomore Brittney Griner, along with former Gonzaga standout Courtney Vandersloot, will join 22 members of the 2009-12 USA Basketball Womens National Team at the USANational Teams May 10-12 training camp in Las Vegas, Nev., USABasketball announced recently. Griner, a 6-8 post, is the first Baylor player invited to attend the National Team training camp and the only current collegiate player invited.
Twenty-two members of the 2009-12 USA Basketball Women's National Team, including all 12 who aided the USA to the 2010 FIBA World Championship gold medal, will attend the USA National Team's training camp. Gathering for the first time since winning the 2010 FIBA World Championship gold medal, the USA National Team's training camp will be held each day at UNLV's Cox Pavilion starting at 10:00 a.m. (PDT)
"I can't wait to get these guys on the court in Vegas," said Geno Auriemma, 2009-12 USA National Team and University of Connecticut head coach. "This is going to be the first time we've had this many together and healthy at a training camp, and it'll be interesting to see how bad some of these guys want to make the Olympic team, how much they hustle, fight for rebounds, I'm really looking forward to that.
"Then you add in the two new kids, Griner and Vandersloot. I'm anxious to see how they interact with some of the veterans. Certainly they're a couple of great players, but I'm excited to see them go up against our National Team and try to earn their spot in our pool."
Griner, the 2011 WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year, was also a finalist for the 2011 Naismith Award, Wade Trophy and John R. Wooden Award. The 2010-11 All-American averaged team-highs of 23.0 ppg. and 7.8 rpg., while also pacing the nation in blocked shots with 170. In leading Baylor to a 34-3 record, the Big 12 Conference Tournament and regular season crowns and the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, the 6-8 center also collected the Big 12 Player of the Year, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and Big 12 Tournament MVP honors.
I am honored to have been invited to attend the training camp, said Griner. One of my goals is to play on the Olympic team and this is the first step towards achieving that goal.
Participating in the training camp are USA National Team members Jayne Appel (San Antonio Silver Stars), Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Rebekkah Brunson (Minnesota Lynx), Swin Cash (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Shameka Christon (Chicago Sky), Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Lindsey Harding (Atlanta Dream), Ebony Hoffman (Los Angeles Sparks), Asjha Jones (Connecticut Sun), Kara Lawson (Connecticut Sun), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Renee Montgomery (Connecticut Sun), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), Kia Vaughn (New York Liberty), Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx) and Candice Wiggins (Minnesota Lynx).
I am very pleased that Brittney is going to attend the National Teams training camp. I think it will be a great experience for her. Additionally, it is an honor to have someone from our program invited to attend such an elite event, said head coach Kim Mulkey.