DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University women’s basketball 2014 graduate Chelsea Gray will be one of 19 athletes headed to a four-day USA Basketball Women’s National Team minicamp from Feb. 4-7 at the University of South Carolina.
Other athletes selected to travel to Columbia, S.C., include Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx), Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury), Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm), Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces), Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm) and A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces), Ariel Atkins (Washington Mystics), Napheesa Collier (Minnesota Lynx), Diamond DeShields (Chicago Sky), Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky), Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings), Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana Fever), Tiffany Mitchell (Indiana Fever), Arike Ogunbowale (Dallas Wings), Katie Lou Samuelson (Dallas Wings) and Sydney Wiese (Los Angeles Sparks).
The U.S. squad will train each day beginning at 10 a.m. Comprehensive COVID-19 protocols will be utilized, including mandatory and regular COVID-19 PCR testing administered to participating athletes, coaches, officials and staff in accordance with FIBA and USA Basketball recommendations and CDC guidelines.
Gray, a 2016 WNBA Champion with the Los Angeles Sparks, is a three-time WNBA All-Star, 2019 All-WNBA First Team selection and 2017 All-WNBA Second Team honoree. She was a two-time All-American at Duke as she concluded her career ranking 25th in points (1,210) and second in assists (545).
Assisting USA Basketball head coach Dawn Staley on the sideline this summer in Tokyo and at the minicamp will be WNBA head coaches Dan Hughes (Seattle Storm) and Cheryl Reeve (Minnesota Lynx).
Prior to the postponement of the 2020 Olympics, the 2019-20 USA National Team owned a combined 17-1 record, which includes a 3-0 mark in Serbia at the 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, a 3-0 record at the 2019 FIBA Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Argentina, a 5-1 slate in exhibition games in 2019 and 2020 against college teams and a 6-0 mark and gold medal at the 2019 FIBA AmeriCup in Puerto Rico.
The USA National Team pool, from which the Olympic team will be selected, currently lists 36 of the nation’s top women’s basketball players. In addition to the above listed athletes, the 2021 USA National Team pool includes two former Blue Devils – Elizabeth Williams (Atlanta Dream) and Jasmine Thomas (Connecticut Sun) along with Seimone Augustus (Los Angeles Sparks), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Jordin Canada (Seattle Storm), Tina Charles (Washington Mystics), Layshia Clarendon (New York Liberty), Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics), Skylar Diggins-Smith (Phoenix Mercury), Asia Durr (New York Liberty), Tiffany Hayes (Atlanta Dream), Kayla McBride (Las Vegas Aces), Angel McCoughtry (Las Vegas Aces), Chiney Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), Odyssey Sims (Minnesota Lynx), Brittney Sykes (Los Angeles Sparks), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) and Morgan Tuck (Seattle Storm).
After last summer’s postponement, the 2020 Olympics, which will see 12 women’s basketball teams battling for gold, will be held July 23-Aug. 8, 2021. The USA women, which own a 66-3 all-time Olympic record, have captured the past six Olympic gold medals and currently are riding a 49-game winning streak that dates to the 1992 bronze medal game.