Fresh off a WNBA title, a trio of Las Vegas Aces will head to Australia in hopes of winning the FIBA World Cup with Team USA.
The United States is seeking its fourth consecutive World Cup title, led by WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson, Finals MVP Chelsea Gray and Kelsey Plum. Joining them is 2018 WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart, who will be playing in her third consecutive World Cup.
Also on the 12-person roster are Ariel Atkins and Jewell Loyd. These six are the only players on the World Cup roster who were also present at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.
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The roster features a number of newcomers, with Sabrina Ionescu and Kahleah Copper each making their national team debuts. Betnijah Laney, Brionna Jones, Alyssa Thomas and Shakira Austin are all making their World Cup debuts.
Austin is the youngest player on the roster at 22 years old and is the lone player of the three 2022 WNBA draftees to make the cut from camp.
South Carolina star Aliyah Boston, the NCAA player of the year, also participated in camp but did not make the roster.
“We have been eagerly anticipating the 2022 FIBA World Cup and welcome the opportunities and challenges this competition presents as we face the world’s best teams,” coach Cheryl Reeve said. “The U.S. roster features some of our game’s brightest stars and I’m excited to lead this team with the goal of winning a fourth consecutive World Cup for the USA. I want to express my gratitude to everyone who was part of our highly competitive training camp and hope to work with many of them again in the future.”
The tournament begins Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Sydney.