Sam Brunelle has won four gold medals with USA Basketball since 2017.
Sam Brunelle first played for USA Basketball at 15 years old and as one of the youngest members of the 2016 USA U17 World Cup Team that finished with a 6-1 slate and the bronze medal in Zaragoza, Spain. She played in six games and averaged 2.0 points and 1.0 rebounds per game.
Prior to the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup, Sam Brunelle aided the USA to a 58-46 exhibition victory over France in France. She is pictured here sight-seeing in Biarritz, France.
Sam Brunelle helped the 2017 USA U16 National Team capture the FIBA Americas U16 Championship gold medal with a perfect 5-0 record in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which qualified the U.S. for the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup. She started in all five games and averaged team second-bests of 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
Sam Brunelle teamed up with Aliyah Boston, Paige Bueckers and Hailey Van Lith to capture the 2018 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship, and the four went on to represent the USA at the 2017 Youth Olympic Games.
Sam Brunelle aided the USA to a three-game sweep of Canada, China and Latvia in a pre-U17 World Cup exhibition tournament in 2018 in Leipaja, Latvia.
Sam Brunelle was a member of the 2018 USA U17 World Cup Team that captured gold with a perfect 7-0 record in Minsk, Belarus. It was her second appearance on a USA U17 World Cup Team as she also compted on the 2016 USA U17 World Cup Team.
Sam Brunelle (second from right) was a member of the 2018 U.S. Youth Olympic Games Women's Basketball Team that earned gold with a 7-0 slate at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games 3x3 competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She averaged 4.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game and was joined (from left to right) by Hailey Van Lith, Aliyah Boston and Paige Bueckers. (FIBA 3x3 competitions are played to 21 points, or the leader after 10 minutes, and the USA team averaged 20.1 points, 17.3 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game.)
Sam Brunelle (second from left) was selected as one of six USA Basketball participants in the 2019 NCAA Next Generation at the NCAA Final Four in Tampa, Florida. Brunelle and her gold-medal winning 2018 Youth Olympic Games teammates, (from left to right) Aliyah Boston, Pagie Bueckers and Hailey Van Lith, were honored on the court during an NCAA women’s semifinal.
In the 2020-21 NCAA season, Sam Brunelle is a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame. As a freshman, she was named to the 2020 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman Team and twice earned ACC Freshman of the Week honors.
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2018 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Cup Team Training Underway