COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Junior Kalani Brown and sophomore Natalie Chou have accepted invitations to attend the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U23 National Team Training Camp at the United States Olympic Training Center from July 31-August 4. The Baylor women’s basketball duo will have the opportunity to make the 12-member team that will represent USA in the inaugural U23 Four Nations Tournament in Tokyo, Japan.
The U23 Four Nations Tournament will include representatives from the USA, Australia, Canada and Japan. The round-robin tournament, which is designed to provide meaningful competition and development opportunities for countries’ national team pipeline, runs from August 12-15. A total of 40 collegiate athletes will try out for the opportunity to represent the USA.
During training camp, athletes will take part in sessions dedicated to skill development and to understanding the culture of success that is an important aspect of playing or the USA Basketball Women’s National Team. Participants will be divided into four teams that will compete in a round-robin tournament that will result in semifinals, gold and bronze medal games.
Brown is one of five WBCA All-Americans and one of 15 Associated Press All-Americans invited to try out. She had her most successful season as a Lady Bear, leading the team in scoring (15.4 points per game), field goal percentage (.679), rebounding (8.2 rebounds per game) and shot blocking (2.0 blocks per game). The Slidell, La., native received unanimous first team All-Big 12 recognition and Big 12 All-Defensive Team distinction.
Brown played for Team USA on the 2013 U16 National Team and 2014 U16 National Team, winning a gold medal at the 2014 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Cancun, Mexico.
Chou appeared in all 37 games for Baylor as a freshman, averaging 4.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. The Plano, Texas, native was named Big 12 Freshman of the Week on Dec. 12. In high school, Chou was named a McDonald’s and WBCA All-American and was a Morgan Wootten Player of the Year finalist.
Chou won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2014 FIBA U18 World Championship and a silver medal at the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship.
Baylor senior Kristy Wallace was invited to try out to represent Australia at the 2017 U23 Four Nations Tournament. Wallace, who has already earned the right to represent Australia at the 2017 World University games this August, started all 37 games for the Lady Bears last season. The Loganholme, Australia, native led Baylor in assists (5.6 per game), while averaging 7.6 points and 3.9 rebounds.
Wallace won a bronze medal with Australia’s 2015 U19 World Championship team in Chekhov, Russia. She started for the Gems, leading the team to a 6-1 record.