USA Basketball announced a list of 30 players who have accepted invitations to participate in the upcoming women's national team training camp, and it includes five current collegians: UConn juniors Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson, Louisville junior Asia Durr, Ohio State senior Kelsey Mitchell and South Carolina senior A'ja Wilson.
The camp will be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Santa Barbara, California, and presided over by South Carolina's Dawn Staley, who was named U.S. women's coach in March. She won three Olympic gold medals as a player.
"I've had a lot of time to think about the things we want to run, and I'm looking forward to putting it in motion," Staley said in a statement. "I'm pleased that we got this amount of top-quality players committed to this training camp."
The camp will overlap in part with the WNBA Finals, which run Sept. 24 to Oct. 4. There are 25 WNBA players on the list; those who advance to the WNBA Finals will not be at the camp.
If the top two seeds, Minnesota and Los Angeles, advance to the Finals, as they did last year, that will mean nine listed players won't be able to participate. Right now, there is no plan to add any others to this camp, but USA Basketball may consider it.
Ten players on the list have won at least one Olympic gold medal previously: Phoenix's Diana Taurasi and Seattle's Sue Bird (four golds each); Minnesota's Sylvia Fowles and Seimone Augustus (three golds); New York's Tina Charles and Minnesota's Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen (two golds); and Washington's Elena Delle Donne, Phoenix's Brittney Griner and Seattle's Breanna Stewart (one gold).
The other 15 WNBA players who have accepted invitations are: Atlanta's Layshia Clarendon and Tiffany Hayes; Los Angeles' Nneka Ogwumike, Chelsea Gray, Jantel Lavender, Odyssey Sims and Sydney Wiese; Dallas' Skylar Diggins-Smith; Chicago's Stefanie Dolson; San Antonio's Kayla McBride and Kelsey Plum; Connecticut's Courtney Williams and Morgan Tuck; Seattle's Jewell Loyd; and New York's Kiah Stokes.
There are some players, including past Olympians Candace Parker (Los Angeles) and Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta), who declined invitations to this camp because of other commitments, injuries and rest requirements. That does not mean they won't be eligible for future USA Basketball events.
The big competitions that Staley is preparing for are the 2018 World Cup (formerly known as the World Championship) next September in Spain, and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
The United States has won the Olympic gold medal in women's basketball the past six Olympiads in a row. The Americans' last international loss came in the 2006 World Championship semifinals, after which they won bronze.
Staley takes over for UConn's Geno Auriemma, who guided the U.S. team to gold medals in two World Championships and two Olympics. Auriemma remains as a special adviser to the player selection committee.