DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University redshirt senior Rebecca Greenwell will be among 37 collegiate athletes convening in Colorado Springs, Colo., from July 31 through Aug. 4 for the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U-23 National Team Training Camp at the United States Olympic Training Center.
Blue Devil redshirt senior Lexie Brown had accepted an invitation to attend the training camp, but decided this week to turn down the invitation due to academic commitments. Greenwell will not be able to make the 12-member team that will compete in the 2017 U-23 Four Nations Tournament Aug. 12-15 in Tokyo, as Duke will be traveling to Italy Aug. 14-23.
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.
Greenwell, who hails from Owensboro, Ky., collected a career-best 83 made three-pointers , while averaging 16.4 points, a team-high 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals a year ago. She was only four treys away from matching the Blue Devil single-season record, which is held by Tricia Liston (87). Greenwell, a John R. Wooden and Naismith Watch list selection, also earned All-ACC first team and All-ACC Tournament second team accolades.
Her 6.4 rebounds per game average led Duke on her way to become just the second Blue Devil guard to lead Duke in rebounding and the first since 1989-90 (Katie Meier). Greenwell led Duke with three games of 30 or more points and a total of 10 games with 20+ points. Over three years, Greenwell owns 228 three-pointers to rank second and 1,485 points, which is 11th on Duke’s all-time charts.
Training camp begins on July 31 with a session at 5:45 p.m. (all times listed are MDT). On Aug. 1, camp will continue at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., while Team 1 will play Team 2 at 4:30 p.m. and Team 3 will take on Team 4 at 6 p.m. Aug. 2 will begin with Team 1 versus Team 3 at 9:30 a.m. and Team 2 against Team 4 at 11 a.m., and after a training camp session at 3 p.m., Team 1 will play Team 4 at 5 p.m. and Team 2 will meet Team 3 at 6:30 p.m. On Aug. 3, the day will start with semifinal games at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., followed by a training camp session at 12:30 p.m. and then one-hour team practices for each of the teams from 4-8 p.m. The final day of training camp on Aug. 4 will feature the bronze medal game at 8 a.m., and the gold medal game at 9:30 a.m. The bronze and gold medal games will be streamed live on usab.com/live.
Taking part in training camp will be: Kristine Anigwe (California/Phoenix, Ariz.); Ariel Atkins (Texas/Duncanville, Texas); Monique Billings (UCLA/Corona, Calif.); Erin Boley (Oregon/Hodgenville, Ky.); Kalani Brown (Baylor/Slidell, La.); Tyra Buss (Indiana/Mt. Carmel, Ill.); Jordin Canada (UCLA/Los Angeles, Calif.); Natalie Chou (Baylor/Plano, Texas); Napheesa Collier (Connecticut/O’Fallon, Mo.); Sophie Cunningham (Missouri/Columbia, Mo.); Asia Durr (Louisville/ Douglasville, Ga.); Channon Fluker (CSUN/Pasadena, Calif.); Rebecca Greenwell (Duke/Owensboro, Ky.); Linnae Harper (Ohio State/Chicago, Ill.); Myisha Hines-Allen (Louisville/Montclair, N.J.); Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon/Walnut Creek, Calif.); Marina Mabrey (Notre Dame/Belmar, N.J.); Tynice Martin (West Virginia/Atlanta, Ga.); Brooke McCarty (Texas/League City, Texas); Teaira McCowan (Mississippi State/Brenham, Texas); Brittany McPhee (Stanford/Normandy Park, Wash.); Kelsey Mitchell (Ohio State/Cincinnati, Ohio); Mariya Moore (Southern California/Hercules, Calif.); Jamie Nared (Tennessee/Portland, Ore.); Arike Ogunbowale (Notre Dame/Milwaukee, Wis.); Teniya Page (Penn State/Chicago, Ill.); Mercedes Russell (Tennessee/Springfield, Ore.); Katie Lou Samuelson (Connecticut/Huntington Beach, Calif.); Jessica Shepard (Notre Dame/ Fremont, Neb.); Kristen Simon (Southern California/Gardena, Calif.); Destiny Slocum (Oregon State/ Meridian, Idaho); Azura Stevens (Connecticut/Raleigh, N.C.); Hallie Thome (Michigan/Chagrin Falls, Ohio); Victoria Vivians (Mississippi State/Carthage, Miss.); Jatarie White (Texas/Charlotte, N.C.); Gabby Williams (Connecticut/Sparks, Nev.); A’ja Wilson (South Carolina/Hopkins, S.C.); and Jackie Young (Notre Dame/Princeton, Ind.).
Along with Jeff Walz of Louisville, leading the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U23 National Team will be assistant coaches Courtney Banghart of Princeton University and Michelle Clark-Heard of Western Kentucky University.
Additionally, Geno Auriemma, 2009-16 USA Basketball Women’s National Team head coach and head coach at the University of Connecticut, will serve as the lead clinician during training camp, guiding all of the skill development sessions. Cori Close of UCLA and Jamelle Elliott of the University of Cincinnati will serve as court coaches.
The USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, which is chaired by Jennifer Rizzotti of George Washington University, issued the invitations. The USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, which will select the 12-member roster for the U23 national team, also includes 2008 Olympic gold medalist Kara Lawson Barling as the athlete representative, and NCAA representatives Karen Aston of University of Texas, Tonya Cardoza of Temple University, who was a member of the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival East Team, and Wes Moore of North Carolina State.