Heck yeah! Dupree added to Team USA camp roster!
Candice Dupree, along with 13 others, has been added to the Team USA training camp roster which will train in Washington, DC from September 30th to October 5th (wnba.com article). After that, selected players will travel to Ekaterinburg, Russia, where the USA will compete in the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational from October 9th-11th. The other players invited to camp are as follows (14 added today + 8 core):
**Jayne Appel (Stanford / Pleasant Hill, Calif.)
Alana Beard (Washington Mystics)
Swin Cash (Seattle Storm)
Tina Charles (Connecticut / Jamaica, N.Y.)
Shameka Christon (New York Liberty)
Candice Dupree (Chicago Sky)
Lindsey Harding (Washington Mystics)
Ebony Hoffman (Indiana Fever)
Asjha Jones (Connecticut Sun)
Crystal Langhorne (Washington Mystics)
Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream)
Maya Moore (Connecticut / Lawrenceville, Ga.)
** Lindsay Whalen (Connecticut Sun)
Candice Wiggins (Minnesota Lynx)
Sue Bird (Seattle Storm)
Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever)
Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury)
** Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx)
Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky)
** Kara Lawson (Sacramento Monarchs)
Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks)
Cappie Pondexter (Phoenix Mercury)
** injured, will not compete, but likely to attend
That’s 22 total players. Four are injured, so that brings the number down to 18. At least one, but possibly up to 3 of those players will be competing in the WNBA finals and will therefore not be able to participate in training camp or attend the tournament in Russia. Therefore, in order to make the roster that will travel to Ekainterburg, Dupree basically has to beat out 3-5 other players for a spot (assuming they will be taking a 12-player roster to Russia).
FYI: Dupree won a gold medal in 2005 while playing in the World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. Big Syl was on that team too.
*Good luck, Candice!*
** For anyone lucky enough to be in DC during the training camp…
The USA’s training camp will be highlighted by the 2009 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Fall Showcase at 12:00 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, Oct. 4. The USA Fall Showcase will include team drills, an intrasquad scrimmage, a question and answer session with Auriemma and a post-practice autograph session with selected players.
“The fans coming to the USA Fall Showcase can expect to see some of the best players in the world, playing the game hopefully the way it’s always been meant to be played,” said Auriemma. “I think anyone who comes out there will be amazed at the intensity level that these women play at, the skill level that they have. I would say that if anyone has not seen these players play, they’re going to be amazed at the level of competition that’s going to be at the USA Basketball Fall Showcase.”