2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Women’s Basketball Team Begins Training Camp In Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, Colorado
The 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Women’s Basketball Team will begin its quest for gold today as they resume training Aug. 11-13, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The women’s basketball team is part of a 94-member delegation announced by the U.S. Olympic Committee on July 7, 2014, set to represent the United States at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games from Aug. 16-28 in Nanjing, China.
The U.S. Youth Olympic Women’s Basketball Team is made up of four USA Basketball veterans, including De’Janae Boykin (Charles H. Flowers H.S./Springdale, Md.), Napheesa Collier (Incarnate World Academy/O’Fallon, Mo.), Arike Ogunbowale (Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S./Milwaukee, Wis.) and Katie Lou Samuelson (Mater Dei H.S./Huntington Beach, Calif.), and will take part in the 3x3 basketball competition at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
The U.S. team will be led by head coach Dori Oldaker (Mt. Lebanon H.S., Pa.), who will conduct training camp, but as per 3x3 rules will not be allowed to coach during games. The USA women have been placed in Group B for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, along with Andorra, Belgium, Czech Republic, Egypt, Guam, Indonesia, Romania, Taiwan and Thailand. Playing in Group A will be Brazil, China, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Syria and Venezuela.
All four team members boast extensive USA Basketball experience.
Collier was part of the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team that won gold at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women. The five-day competition concluded yesterday, as the USA (5-0) dominated the tournament to finish undefeated and earn the gold medal. Collier started four out of five games for the USA and averaged a team second-best 14.0 points per game, as well as a team-leading 8.6 rebounds per game.
Furthermore, Boykin, Ogunbowale and Samuelson were members of the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team that finished with a perfect 7-0 record and captured the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship in Pilsen, Czech Republic. The trio also helped lead the USA to a gold medal finish at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship last summer in Mexico.
Boykin, Collier and Ogunbowale played on the 3x3 team Defend which rolled through the May 31-June 1 USA Basketball Women’s 3x3 U18 National Championship with a 6-0 record to claim the title. Additionally, Ogunbowale and Samuelson claimed gold as members of the 2013 USA 3x3 U18 World Championship Team that compiled an 8-1 record to win the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia. They also were members of Defend that won the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s 3x3 U18 National Championship. In 2013, Collier’s Primus team finished runner-up at the 2013 USA Basketball 3x3 National Championship and finished second at the 2013 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship.
Despite their underclassman status, taking home Gatorade State Player of the Year honors in 2013-14 were Boykin (Maryland), Ogunbowale (Wisconsin) and Samuelson (California). Collier was the 2012-13 Missouri Gatorade State Player of the Year as a sophomore. Samuelson was a finalist for the 2014 Naismith Girls High School Player of the Year and listed on the 2014 USA Today All-USA Girls Basketball first team.
Youth Olympic Games
The inaugural Youth Olympic Games were held in 2010, and the event is scheduled for every four years (2014, 2018, etc.). The 2010 U.S. women's basketball team, which featured Briyona Canty, Andraya Carter, Amber Henson and Kiah Stokes, finished with a 6-1 record and in possession of the bronze medal after defeating Canada in its final game. The 2010 USA men's team, which featured K.C. Caudill, Angelo Chol, Sterling Gibbs and Brandan Kearney, finished with a 5-2 record and in fourth place after falling to Greece in the bronze medal game.
Twenty women’s 3x3 basketball teams will participate in 2014. China qualified as the host country; as did the top three finishing teams from the 2013 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship: USA (gold), Estonia (silver) and Spain (bronze); and two of the top three finishing teams from the 2013 FIBA 3x3 World Tour: Slovenia (gold), and Venezuela (bronze). The 14 additional nations qualified based on their respective national federation 3x3 ranking and included Andorra; Belgium; Brazil; Czech Republic; Egypt; Germany; Guam; Hungary; Indonesia; Netherlands; Romania; Syria; Taiwan; and Thailand.
The basketball competition at the Youth Olympic Games is a 3-on-3 format organized by the International Olympic Committee and FIBA. The 2014 Youth Olympic Games is expected to include 20 men's teams and 20 women's teams, as well as a Shootout for women and a Dunk Contest for men. Each team is comprised of four players, and athletes eligible for this competition must have been born between Jan. 1, 1996 and Dec. 31, 1997.