South Carolina basketball alum Aja Wilson played in the 2020 Olympics for Team USA. The Americans, as usual, won the gold medal. However, due to wrist and thumb injuries, she will not be joining Team USA in pursuit of another gold in 2024. That doesn’t mean, though, that the Gamecocks will be left off the roster. Fellow USC legend Aliyah Boston will play with Team USA this fall and next summer.
According to an announcement from Aliyah Boston’s WNBA squad (the Indiana Fever), Boston has been selected to join Team USA in training camp as the team prepares for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France.
Boston, who was the unanimous WNBA Rookie of the Year for the 2023 season, will join Team USA immediately and will play during the team’s exhibition games against Duke University and the University of Tennessee this November.
The matchup with Tennessee will be on November 5th and will be broadcast on the SECNetwork and ESPN app at 6:00. The exhibition game against Duke will be a week later on November 12th and will be broadcast on the ACCNetwork Extra at 12:00 and replayed at 8:00 on the ACCNetwork and ESPN app.
Boston has had previous Team USA experience at different levels. She represented Team USA’s U-16 team in 2017, the U-17 team in 2018, the U-19 team in 2019, the 2018 Youth Olympics, and the 2021 Women’s AmeriCup. She has received MVP awards and other accolades at each level of international competition in which she has competed.
Team USA has won the gold medal each time Aliyah Boston was part of the roster. American basketball fans hope that history repeats itself next summer.
Aliyah Boston and Team USA will begin Olympic qualifiers next February before the Olympic Games during the summer. The team will be coached by Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve, Washington Mystics coach Mike Thibault, and Los Angeles Sparks coach Curt Miller.