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It’s an Olympic year – again! The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are set to take place July 23-Aug. 8, 2021. With 2020 in the rearview, USA Basketball looks onward and upward in what it hopes to be a healthy, golden year for basketball. Here are marquee events on the USA Basketball 2021 calendar and notables to keep your eyes on: 

Rhyne Howard was named MVP at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and to the all-tournament team at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.

Sports Illustrated named five athletes as its combined 2020 Sportsperson of the Year, and NBA and WNBA championship MVPs LeBron James and Breanna Stewart were among the five for both on and off the field of play.

Arike Ogunbowale paced all scorers in EuroLeague play this week at a clip of 23.0 points per game. She and six other USA National Team members wrapped up the league's first hub of the season.

Mercedes Russell has won three gold medals and one tournament title with USA Basketball.

The dynamic duo of Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart were the one-two punch that helped lead the Seattle Storm to a fourth WNBA title – all four of which featured Bird.

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Since the first women’s FIBA U19 World Cup in 1985, five U.S. athletes have been named MVP and nine have listed on the all-tournament team.

Since first playing with USA Basketball in 2013, Katie Lou Samuelson is 44-1 and has won six gold medals, including three 3x3 golds.

The U.S. Olympic Committee announced on Aug. 12, 2004, that three-time Olympian Dawn Staley was elected by the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team captains to represent the United States of America as the USA's flag bearer for the 2004 Olympic Games

Dawn Staley, playing in her third Olympic Games, was elected by her peers - all U.S. team captains - to carry the flag and lead the U.S. delegation into the 2004 Opening Ceremony. She reflects back on her selection and what it meant to her.

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