Courtney Williams an Olympian? She's 1 step closer
Wasn't terribly long ago -- less than four years -- that Courtney Williams was a disillusioned defensive liability who couldn't crack USF's starting five.
Now, she's trying to crack the U.S. national team's roster.
Williams, who has led the Connecticut Sun into the WNBA playoffs, is among 30 players who have accepted an invitation to participate in the 2017 USA Basketball Women's National Team training camp Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Santa Barbara, Calif.
The camp will be used to help identify and train players for future international events including the 2018 FIBA World Cup in Spain and (if the U.S. qualifies) the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
The camp is expected to feature 25 WNBA players and five college All-Americans. South Carolina's Dawn Staley, who led the Gamecocks to the national title in April, is the national team coach.
Williams remains the only player in USF history to collect at least 2,000 points (2,304), 900 rebounds (931) and 300 assists (318). A second-year WNBA player, her insertion into the starting lineup earlier this summer triggered a Sun surge that hasn't really dissipated.
She's currently averaging 12.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists for the Sun (21-13), who host Phoenix in a second-round playoff game Sunday afternoon.