LSU star Angel Reese headlines the roster for USA Basketball’s 2023 AmeriCup team, revealed Thursday.
Joining Reese are South Carolina’s Raven Johnson, UCLA’s Lauren Betts and Tennessee’s Rickea Jackson, among others. Eight players made the initial roster announced in May, and Texas A&M’s Janiah Barker, Oregon’s Chance Gray, Columbia’s Abbey Hsu and UNC’s Deja Kelly — were added to the roster after being invited to training camp.
Of the 12 players on the roster, five of them — Barker, Betts, Jackson, UCLA’s Charisma Osborne and Wake Forest’s Jewel Spear — have a combined seven gold medals as members of USA Basketball teams.
Reese, though, will be competing internationally for the first time. The 2023 NCAA champion faced a long road to USA Basketball. While she had been a finalist for a variety of youth teams, she hadn’t made the cut until this time around.
“NEVER GIVE UP ON THINGS YOU WANT IN LIFE,” she wrote in May. “TIME TO BRING HOME GOLD.”
U16 cut.U18 finalist but cut (I WAS HURT)🥲U19 declined invite to win EYBL championship.U19 finalist but withdrew to focus on my health.THIS WAS MY YEAR. U23 I MADE IT.GOD DID.NEVER GIVE UP ON THINGS YOU WANT IN LIFE.TIME TO BRING HOME GOLD. 🏅🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/ld9qYz3wIC— Angel Reese (@Reese10Angel) May 15, 2023
U16 cut.U18 finalist but cut (I WAS HURT)🥲U19 declined invite to win EYBL championship.U19 finalist but withdrew to focus on my health.THIS WAS MY YEAR. U23 I MADE IT.GOD DID.NEVER GIVE UP ON THINGS YOU WANT IN LIFE.TIME TO BRING HOME GOLD. 🏅🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/ld9qYz3wIC
The tournament will run from July 1-9 in León, Mexico. Held every two years, the AmeriCup features teams from 10 different countries in North America, South America and the Caribbean. The United States has won the title four times, including at the last two tournaments in 2019 and 2021.
Team USA will compete in Group A against Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and Venezuela. Group play starts on July 1.
All 28 AmeriCup games will be available via streaming platform Courtside 1891.
Introducing the 2023 🇺🇸 #AmeriCupW team! pic.twitter.com/Gk2qdO0fVl— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) June 23, 2023
Introducing the 2023 🇺🇸 #AmeriCupW team! pic.twitter.com/Gk2qdO0fVl