Dupree Accepts Invitation to Attend USA Womens National Team Training Camp

Sky forward Candice Dupree is one of 14 athletes who have accepted invitations to attend the 2009 USA Basketball Women’s National Team’s fall training camp scheduled to run from Sept. 30 – Oct. 5 at American University in Washington, D.C.

Dupree, like the other invitees, has been a member of a USA Basketball Women’s team that competed internationally. The 14 invitees will join the previously announced eight members of the 2009-12 USA roster which includes fellow Chicago Sky team member Sylvia Fowles. The eventual 12-member team that will compete in the 2010 FIBA World Championships is expected to be selected from the 2009-12 USA National Team.

“Being invited to training camp is exciting for myself and my family” Dupree said. “Competing as a representative of the United States is a great honor and it would mean a lot to do it again. I’m looking forward to getting to D.C. and competing with some of the best female athletes in the world. The goal for me would definitely be to represent my country in the next Olympics, it would be an overwhelming honor.”

In addition to Dupree the remaining 13 players attending camp include: 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); and Candice Wiggins (Minnesota Lynx).

Geno Auriemma, USA Basketball Women’s National Team and University of Connecticut head coach, will be assisted through the 2010 FIBA World Championship by DePaul University head coach Doug Bruno and Minnesota Lynx head coach Jennifer Gillom. Invitations to attend the USA training camp were made by the five member USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee.

“I haven’t been as excited about anything I’ve done as I am excited about what I’m going to do in a couple of weeks,” said Auriemma. “I think the players who have been invited that have accepted an invitation and are going to be there gives us an opportunity to see the best players in the world compete against each other and show that they have a tremendous love for USA Basketball and how much it means for them to be on this team. In those five days that we’re together, they’re going to get to know me, I’m going to get to know them. This actually starts the process of putting the team together.”

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, which will be held at Bender Arena at American University in Washington, D.C. will include team drills, an intrasquad scrimmage, a question and answer session with Auriemma and a post-practice autograph session with selected players.

Tickets for the USA Basketball Women’s National Team 2009 Fall Showcase are $5.00 and available by calling 202-885-TIXX or online at www.AUeagles.com. Children six and under will be admitted free of charge. The U.S. will hold practices at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) at Bender Arena on Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2 and 5, and will practice at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) on Oct. 3 at a site TBD. USA team practices are open to credentialed personnel only.

Following the six-day domestic training camp, selected players will travel to Ekaterinburg, Russia, where the USA will compete in the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational. In addition to the Russian professional team UMMC Ekaterinburg, also competing in the tournament will be Euroleague professional teams MKB Euroleasing Sopron from Hungary and USK Praha from the Czech Republic.

As was the case over the last quadrennium, the USA team will be fluid and athletes will be added progressively to the 2009-12 USA National Team. It is expected that the official 12-member 2010 USA World Championship and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams, should the USA qualify for the Olympics, will be comprised of players from the 2009-12 USA National Team.

The USA Basketball Women’s National Team will compete in the 2010 FIBA World Championship (Sept. 23 – Oct. 3 in the Czech Republic); if necessary the 2011 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament (dates and site TBD); and if the USA qualifies, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games (July 26-Aug. 12 in London, England), as well as additional USA training camps and exhibition games.