Monday, August 07, 2006

Sun Won't Shine on U.S.

In an effort to respond to your comments— although, I’ll be honest, I’d like to see some more — let’s talk about the USA Basketball selection for the women’s World Championships.
One reader commented with some disappointment in not seeing any Sun players on the current roster. There is still one spot left to fill on the Senior National Team.
While on the surface I would agree that Connecticut players should get consideration, a closer look doesn’t indicate many surprises.
Nykesha Sales has never been a big part of national team talks — perhaps because she likes her time away from the game — and the Achilles injury obviously ruled out of any conversations.
Although having a career year, Taj McWilliams-Franklin is an older player, which the U.S. already has a few of. Except those other elder stateswoman are already much more entrenched in the national team than Taj, who is more than deserving by the numbers.
Lindsay Whalen’s talent makes her one to be mentioned. But her continued recovery from offseason ankle surgery has slowed her at times and she’s probably not playing up to her normal level as she works toward regaining full stamina.
The only one I could maybe getting that final spot is Katie Douglas. You can make a case for her to win the league MVP and her great defense would make a great national team addition.
Lastly, Asjha Jones is someone to keep an eye on for future years. As time goes on she will develop into a starter and that might be when the U.S. brass sets their sets on the UConn product.


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