Diana Taurasi Headlining USA Basketball’s Upcoming Exhibitions Against College Teams

Diana Taurasi is ready to play ‘ball…

The 41-year-old Argentine American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury, considered to be one of the greatest players in WNBA history, and Brittney Griner will headline USA Basketball’s roster for its upcoming exhibitions against college teams as well as November training camp.

Diana TaurasiUSA Basketball is eyeing its eighth consecutive gold medal at the 2024 Paris Games next summer.

The exhibitions — against Tennessee on November 5 (SEC Network/ESPN App, 6:00 pm ET) and Duke on November 12 (ACC Network Extra/ESPN App, noon ET) — and training camp (November 7-9) are held in preparation for the Games and to evaluate the program’s player pool.

The U.S. will also participate in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in February before holding another training camp at the Final Four. The team is coached by the Minnesota Lynx‘s Cheryl Reeve, with Mike Thibault and Curt Miller serving as assistants.

Griner and Taurasi, who turned 41 in June and is a five-time Olympic gold medalist, will join Kahleah CopperAllisha GrayRhyne HowardSabrina Ionescu and Azura Stevens on the roster for both college exhibitions.

It will be the first USA Basketball competition for Griner, a two-time Olympian, since her nearly nine-month detainment in Russia last year.

WNBA Rookie of the Year Aliyah BostonAriel AtkinsBetnijah Laney and Jackie Young will suit up in the exhibition vs. Tennessee, while Dearica HambyNatasha Howard, Arike Ogunbowale and Kelsey Plum are on the roster in place of those four for the Duke matchup.

Young and Plum recently won the 2023 WNBA title with the Las Vegas Aces.

Two-time Olympian Angel McCoughtry will join the group at training camp in Atlanta.