USC Women's Basketball

When you can watch A’ja Wilson and other Gamecock greats play in CLA one more time

Dawn Staley is bringing USA Basketball back to Columbia, and this time, fans will be able to witness the action.

Staley, head coach of the Gamecocks and the U.S. women’s national team, will host a pool of the nation’s best players on South Carolina’s campus in early September to prepare for the 2018 FIBA Basketball World Cup later that month on the Canary Islands in Spain.

The camp will open on Sept. 3, USA Basketball announced Wednesday, culminating in an intrasquad scrimmage on Sept. 5 at Colonial Life Arena, for which fans can purchase tickets to attend.

Of course, I’m excited to play a game here in Columbia,” Staley said in press release. “Our fans have affinity for women’s basketball. I hope to see that same excitement in September. I know it’s a prelude to hopefully what will be a great season for our Gamecocks, but to see what’s going to take place in our arena in September will be quite exciting for them. I know they’ll come out in huge numbers to support our national team.”

Staley and the U.S. team will play two more exhibitions before the world tournament, later facing Canada in Connecticut and Japan in Washington D.C.

The national team is expected to be chosen from the 2017-2020 USA National Team pool, which includes three former USC players in A’ja Wilson, Tiffany Mitchell and Allisha Gray. Assuming none of those three are still competing in the WNBA playoffs in early September, they will likely be at the camp.