Thursday, August 19, 2010

Langhorne Left Out of Team USA Pool

With the FIBA world championships for both men's and women's basketball right around the corner, columnist Mechelle Voepel blasts Team USA and its coach, UConn's Geno Auriemma, for leaving Crystal Langhorne (2004-08) out of the national team pool this week. How did that happen? It's a very long story, but here's a short excerpt:
In July, USA Basketball had to submit to FIBA a list of potential players for the world championship. And from what I was told by USA Basketball, Langhorne's name wasn't on the list then. Thus, she couldn't have been added this week.

If that's the case, it seems like somebody was asleep at the switch. Was Langhorne's name left off the list in July because there wasn't a timely recognition of how well she was playing?

If so, how did that happen? She was the WNBA's most improved player last season, so there was every reason to keep a close eye on her this summer. As of June 30, Langhorne was averaging 17.7 points and 9.9 rebounds, and WNBA followers were already talking about her as a potential MVP candidate. It would have been hard to have missed her progress.

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