COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State guard Linnae Harper was added to the USA Basketball U23 National Team on Saturday. She joins teammate Kelsey Mitchell as two of 12 players that will head to Tokyo, Japan later this month to compete in the Four Nations Tournament.
“I’m just very grateful for the opportunity,” Harper said. “This past week was great for me, being able to play with the best players and coaches in the country at training camp. I’m very excited that I have the chance to compete and represent the USA again and play in Tokyo.”
Harper acquitted herself quite well this past week at the week-long tryout in Colorado Springs as she led her team to the gold medal game where they came up just three points short, falling to Mitchell’s squad. In that game, Harper paced her team with 15 points, six assists and five rebounds.
The Chicago, Ill., native was the first alternate when the 12-member team was selected Friday after but an injury to South Carolina center A’Ja Wilson opened up a spot for Harper.
As a junior at Ohio State in 2016-17, Harper averaged 8.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game and was named the 2017 Big Ten Conference Sixth Player of the Year.
The Four Nations Tournament runs Aug. 12-15 and will see the USA face Australia on Aug. 12, Canada on Aug. 13 and will close out the tournament facing host Japan on Aug. 15. The tournament will provide meaningful competition and development opportunities. The USA’s participation in the tournament is intended to help further develop the USA Basketball athlete pipeline and to help prepare athletes for possible future participation in the USA Basketball Women’s National Team pool.