Thursday, April 8, 2010
Ten players invited to train with team
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- It was a special day for Virginia's Monica Wright.
The star guard was selected second in the WNBA draft by the Minnesota Lynx and invited by USA Basketball to train as part of a select team that will work with the national team.
"It's definitely been an incredible week," Wright said.
With no competition on the international calendar this summer for college players, USA Basketball decided to invite some of the brightest young stars to train with the national team April 15-18 in Storrs and Hartford, Conn.
Joining Wright on the select team were fellow draft picks Kelsey Griffin of Nebraska, Andrea Riley of Oklahoma State, Allison Hightower of LSU, Jacinta Monroe of Florida State and Kalana Greene of Connecticut.
Jantel Lavender of Ohio State, Danielle Robinson of Oklahoma, Jasmine Thomas of Duke and Nneka Ogwumike of Stanford round out the group.
"It's a great chance for Danielle to work on some of her skills with some of the best," Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said.
The group will work out in the afternoon and scrimmage against the USA national team at night.
Wright will be reunited with her college coach Debbie Ryan, who along with South Carolina's Dawn Staley will run the select team.
Ryan gave USA Basketball coach Geno Auriemma his start as an assistant coach at Virginia from 1982-85 before he took over at Connecticut. Staley was among the great players coached by Ryan.
"I'm so happy to get to coach her for a few more days," Ryan said of Wright. "It's great to work with Geno again and Dawn as well. I've always loved being involved with USA Basketball."