Buss to try out for USA Basketball’s U23 team

Indiana point guard Tyra Buss will try out for USA Basketball’s Under-23 team.

Buss, who has been a first-team All-Big Ten selection the last two years, is one of 40 athletes invited to the training camp. The tryout will begin July 31 and run until Aug. 4 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

If Buss were to make the national team, she would compete in the inaugural Four Nations Tournament for college-aged women Aug. 12-15 in Tokyo, Japan. IU is currently scheduled for a foreign tour in Italy, which will run from Aug. 2 to Aug. 11. 

“I am grateful and humbled for the opportunity to be selected for USA Basketball Women’s U23 team trials,” Buss said in a statement. “This is an opportunity of a lifetime to compete with some of the best collegiate players in the country and will be a valuable experience for my continued development as I prepare for my senior year at Indiana.”

Several notable players will compete for the U23 team’s 12 roster spots. Big Ten player of the year Kelsey Mitchell, from Ohio State, will be at the training camp, along with national freshman of the year Destiny Slocum. Michigan will have two representatives, Katelynn Flaherty and Hallie Thome. Indiana’s 2016 Miss Basketball, Notre Dame’s Jackie Young, will also be at the tryout.

The country’s top players will be in attendance, as well as some of its best coaches. UConn’s Geno Auriemma, who coached the U.S. Olympic team from 2009-16, will work with the participants. Louisville coach Jeff Walz is the U23 team’s head coach. Princeton’s Courtney Banghart and Western Kentucky’s Michelle Clark-Heard will serve as assistant coaches. 

IU is slated to play Louisville in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in November. Western Kentucky will be on the non-conference schedule in 2017-18, as well.

Buss has had a stellar three years at IU. She reached 1,000 points faster than any other player in program history, and she scored in double figures in 32 of 34 games last season. As a junior, Buss averaged 18.4 points, 4.7 assists and 2.4 steals per game and helped the Hoosiers make a WNIT quarterfinals appearance.

4 comments

  1. This is a terrific honor for Tyra and the IU program in general. Any time you have a player considered for a USA team, it only shows that your program is making great strides. Go Hoosiers!!

  2. Wow, Teri moren must be so proud of all the work she has put in to get tyra to this point. What an honor for tyra, and thank goodness we are finally get high caliber recruits like her. Good work coach moren

  3. Truly a great honor for Buss and another feather in her cap for her resume. Also a big honor for the IU program which is definitely headed in the right direction under Moren’s leadership.

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