Thirty-five college basketball players descended upon Colorado Springs, Colo., this week to compete for 12 roster spots on the women’s USA U23 National Team. Of the 12 who made the final cut on Friday, four hail from the Pac-12.
Representing the West Coast on the U23 National Team will be UCLA’s Monique Billings and Jordin Canada, Oregon sophomore Sabrina Ionescu and Stanford guard Brittany McPhee.
“What an honor it is for Sabrina to be named to the U23 national team,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves told goducks.com on Friday. “There was an incredible amount of talent on display at the selection camp and for her to be one of the 12 named to the roster shows how well she is playing and what kind of competitor she is.”
Ionescu, who has competed for the U16 and U17 national teams, is the only sophomore on the U23 squad. Last season, she recorded an NCAA freshman record four triple-doubles and earned numerous honors. The U.S. Basketball Writers Association, ESPNW and the Pac-12 all named her Freshman of the Year.
Billings, a 6-foot-4 forward, and Canada, a 5-6 guard, have long been leaders for the Bruins. Both have started every game since their sophomore seasons, when Canada was elected captain and scored in double-digits in 30 of 34 games.
As a junior in Palo Alto, McPhee averaged 13.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
All four players were named to the All-Pac-12 team last season.
The U23 team will head to Tokyo, Japan for the U23 Four Nations Tournament from August 12-15.