PassThaBall.com captured A’ja Wilson (S. Carolina) and Asia Durr having fun at USA Training.
The duo showed their goofy personality while talking about the experience to compete with WNBA players.
For more, see PassThaBall’s write up.
Louisville junior guard, Asia Durr, completed her first day of practice at the USA Basketball National Team Training Camp.
Durr is just one of five collegiate All-Americans included on the training camp roster. The remaining 25 spots are filled with WNBA players.
Below is a transcript of Durr’s comments after day one:
How did the first practice with the USA National Team go for you?
The first practice has been good. I’m just trying to learn from the greats, from the vets. So, it’s been pretty good. It’s definitely going to be a learning experience for me, so that’s all I’m trying to do is learn.
Have you been picking anyone’s brains for pointers?
I’ve been trying to, yes. Sue Bird has been great as a leader of this camp, so I’m just trying to follow her lead.
How much do you think this will help you going into the season?
I think this is going to help out a whole lot, learning from the greats and I can hopefully take that back to my team.
Durr, along with 29 other players, are training daily at 10 AM PST.
Transcript provided by UofL Athletics.
Louisville Guard, Asia Durr, is one of 30 athletes who have accepted an invitation to participate in the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s National Team training camp.
Durr is only one of five collegiate All-Americans to receive an invite. The remaining 25 players will come from the WNBA.
“It means a lot to be able to continue to be a part of USA Basketball,” Durr said. “Every time I’m involved I am honored because I get a chance to represent my country.”
The invite marks Durr’s fourth go-around with USA Basketball.
Most recently, Durr led the U-23 National Team to a 3-0 record at the Four Nations Tournament in Tokyo, Japan. She led the team with 12.7 ppg.
Former Louisville Forward, Asia Taylor, will be representing the Cardinals as her Washington Mystics take on the Dallas Wings.
Catch Taylor in action tonight at 8PM on ESPN2.
Louisville Women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz has been selected to serve as the court coach for the 2017 USA National Team Training Camp.
This marks Coach Walz fourth USA Basketball assignment. Coach Walz previously served as an assistant coach for the gold-medal 2014 USA U18 National Team and the 2015 USA U19 World Championship Team. He most recently served as the head coach for the gold medal winning 2017 USA U23 National Team.
Former Louisville Cardinal Angel McCoughtry had herself a nice night on Wednesday as she led Team USA to a 79-66 win over the Italian National Team in Rome. She scored a game-high 19 points after shooting 5-11 from the field and 9-9 from the free throw line.
More from WNBA.com:
Not only is Shoni Schimmel a starter for the East in the WNBA All-Star game (along with Angel McCoughtry), but her jersey is also the top-selling jersey so far in the entire league. Pretty impressive for a rookie who just got to the league! Not only that, but the Atlanta Dream are at the top of the list with the most popular team merchandise.
TOP 10 MOST POPULAR PLAYER JERSEYS:
1. Shoni Schimmel, Atlanta Dream
2. Skylar Diggins, Tulsa Shock
3. Elena Delle Donne, Chicago Sky
4. Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
5. Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
6. Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury
7. Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
8. Stefanie Dolson, Washington Mystics
9. Kayla McBride, San Antonio Stars
10. Bria Hartley, Washington Mystics
TOP 5 MOST POPULAR TEAM MERCHANDISE:
1. Atlanta Dream
2. Tulsa Shock
3. Minnesota Lynx
4. Phoenix Mercury
5. Chicago Sky
The WNBA Draft was held Monday night in Uncasville, Connecticut and three Louisville Cardinals were among the 36 players drafted. Shoni Schimmel was picked 8th overall by the Atlanta Dream, which means that she will be on the same team as Angel McCoughtry. If there was ever a WNBA team for the city of Louisville to get behind, I think we have found one in Atlanta.
Just when it looked like Shoni may be the only Card to get drafted, the last two picks were all Louisville. At pick #35, the Los Angeles Sparks drafted Antonita Slaughter. Then to finish the draft with pick #36, the Minnesota Lynx picked up Asia Taylor.
Louisville was the only school to have 3 players get drafted on Monday night.
Press release from UofL:
Louisville, Ky. – Louisville All-American Shoni Schimmel is one of 12 prospects who will attend the WNBA Draft 2014 presented by State Farm, which will be held on Monday, April 14, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Live coverage of the first round will begin on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage of the second and third rounds will be televised on ESPNU from 9-10:30 p.m.
Joining Schimmel is Baylor’s Odyessey Sims, Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, Connecticut’s Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley, and Notre Dames’s Natalie Achonwa and guard Kayla McBride. Rounding out the list players are guards Chelsea Gray (Duke), and Meighan Simmons (Tennessee); forwards Natasha Howard (Florida State) and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland); and center Markeisha Gatling (North Carolina State).
The Connecticut Sun holds the top pick in the draft for the second time in franchise history after garnering the top selection in this year’s WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm, which aired on ESPN’s SportsCenter in December. Rounding out this year’s top five picks are the Tulsa Shock (second), San Antonio Stars (third), New York Liberty (fourth), and Indiana Fever (fifth).