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AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Women’s Basketball players Ariel Atkins, Brooke McCarty and Jatarie White head to Colorado Springs, Colo., on Monday to participate in the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U23 National Team Training Camp to be held today through Friday at the United States Olympic Training Center.
The trio of Longhorns are among 37 collegiate athletes taking part in the trials, looking to earn a spot on the 12-member USA U23 National Team that will compete in the 2017 U23 Four Nations Tournament Aug. 12-15 in Tokyo. The announcement of the 12-person roster is expected to be made Friday. Players selected to the team will continue training at the USOTC through Aug. 7 before departing for Tokyo. Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who are 23 years old or younger and currently are freshmen, sophomores or juniors in college.
During training camp, athletes will take part in sessions dedicated to skill development and to understanding the culture of success that is an important aspect of playing for the USA Basketball Women’s National Team. Additionally, the participants will be divided into four teams and will compete in a round-robin tournament that will be capped by gold and bronze medal games.
The 2017 U23 Four Nations Tournament, which will include the USA, Australia, Canada and Japan, will be a round-robin tournament played Aug. 12-15 in at Katayanagi Arena in Tokyo.
The 2017 U23 Four Nations Tournament will provide meaningful competition and development opportunities. The USA’s participation in the tournament is intended to help further develop the USA Basketball athlete pipeline and to help prepare athletes for possible future participation in the USA Basketball Women’s National Team pool.
Texas head coach Karen Aston is a member of the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, which will select the 12-member roster for the U23 national team. George Washington head coach Jennifer Rizzotti chairs the committee, which also includes ESPN’s Kara Lawson, Temple’s Tonya Cardoza and N.C. State’s Wes Moore.