Is Angel Reese playing for Team USA at the Paris Olympics?

Chicago Sky forward Angel Reese is lighting up the WNBA in her rookie season.

As the seventh overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft, Reese is proving her mettle by leading the league in offensive rebounds per game (4.7), topping all rookies in rebounds per game (9.6), and ranking second among rookies in scoring with 12.4 points per game. Her significant impact during an Olympic year has sparked curiosity about whether she can make it to Team USA for the Paris Olympics.

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Hailing from Baltimore, Reese is less than a year removed from her stint with USA Basketball at the FIBA AmeriCup. With her impressive performance in the WNBA, fans and analysts alike are wondering if she will don the red, white, and blue for the 2024 Olympics. Here’s the latest on her potential Olympic journey.

 

Is Angel Reese on USA Basketball Olympic team?

Despite her impressive rookie season, Angel Reese will not be representing Team USA at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

On June 11, USA Basketball announced its official 12-player roster for the Olympics, and Reese did not make the cut. This decision comes as a surprise to many fans who have been following her outstanding performance in the WNBA, but it highlights the depth and competition within the national team selection process.

 

Team USA Olympic women’s basketball roster

Player Position WNBA Team
Napheesa Collier F Minnesota Lynx
Kahleah Copper G Phoenix Mercury
Chelsea Gray G Las Vegas Aces
Brittney Griner C Phoenix Mercury
Sabrina Ionescu G New York Liberty
Jewell Loyd G Seattle Storm
Kelsey Plum G Las Vegas Aces
Breanna Stewart F New York Liberty
Diana Taurasi G Phoenix Mercury
Alyssa Thomas F Connecticut Sun
A’ja Wilson F Las Vegas Aces
Jackie Young G Las Vegas Aces

 

Could Angel Reese make Team USA Olympic roster?

Despite not being named to the initial 12-player roster, Angel Reese still has a potential path to the 2024 Paris Olympics. According to a report from The Athletic, USA Basketball will appoint an injury replacement if a player on the roster gets injured. Reese is in consideration but would face stiff competition from top alternates like Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark and Connecticut Sun center Brionna Jones.

Reese’s chances of being the chosen frontcourt alternate appear slim. Jones is reportedly the preferred candidate due to her extensive experience and established performance. Moreover, Reese’s FIBA experience is limited to the 2023 FIBA AmeriCup, where she played on a squad of college stars and helped Team USA win a silver medal.

However, Chicago Sky head coach Teresa Weatherspoon, a two-time Olympian and 1988 gold medalist, firmly believes in Reese’s potential. “Does she have what it takes? She’s showing it,” Weatherspoon said after a Sky practice. “She has what it takes. You’re doggone right she has what it takes.”

Meanwhile, Reese’s LSU teammate Hailey Van Lith is making her own waves, and it’s worth exploring how she managed to secure her spot on the Olympic team despite the challenges Reese faces. Van Lith’s selection highlights the intense competition and high standards for making the Team USA roster.

In summary, while Reese’s journey to the Olympics faces significant hurdles, her undeniable talent and strong endorsement from her coach suggest that her Olympic dreams are still very much alive, should an opportunity arise.