INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Fever guards Kelsey Mitchell and Tiffany Mitchell are among 19 members of the 2018-20 USA Basketball Women’s National Team athlete pool who are expected to participate in the USA Women’s National Team’s April 24-26 camp in Seattle.
The three-day camp culminates with an exhibition contest against the China National Team April 26 in Seattle’s KeyArena. The final USA roster for the exhibition game will be comprised of athletes participating in the training camp and will be announced on April 25.
Tiffany Mitchell was named to the USA National Team training pool last month. Kelsey Mitchell was among a handful of college seniors named to the training pool last December. Kelsey Mitchell was the second overall pick in last week’s WNBA Draft. The duo will appear together with the Fever when WNBA training camps begin April 29, just after next week’s USA training camp.
“I’m excited to have this group of players joining us in camp,” said Dawn Staley, USA National Team and University of South Carolina head coach. “I look forward to working with them and gaining some more chemistry with both players and staff, now that we have a staff in place. We can get a lot more done and really focus on in-game situations, especially with the exhibition against China at the end of camp.”
The Seattle training camp marks the third in the USA’s preparations for the 2018 FIBA World Cup, which will be held Sept. 22-30 in Tenerife, Spain. Members of the national team first gathered Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2017, in Santa Barbara, California, and concluded a Feb. 9-11, 2018, camp at the University of South Carolina.
Besides the Fever’s pair of Mitchells, the athletes expected to participate in the Seattle camp include: Simone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx); Sue Bird (Seattle Storm); Layshia Clarendon (Atlanta Dream); Napheesa Collier (University of Connecticut); Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics); Skylar Diggins-Smith (Dallas Wings); Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky); Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx); Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings); Tiffany Hayes (Atlanta Dream); Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm); Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm); Brittney Sykes (Atlanta Dream); Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury); Morgan Tuck (Connecticut Sun); Sydney Wiese (Los Angeles Sparks); and Elizabeth Williams (Atlanta Dream).