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WATCH: UConn’s Napheesa Collier Learning With USA Basketball

The Huskies senior is just one of two college players on the USA Basketball preliminary World Cup roster.

Napheesa Collier, USA Basketball Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

When Team USA women’s basketball broke camp this week, they headed north from Columbia, SC with a roster of 15. Of the 15 players, four of them have ties to the UConn Huskies women’s basketball program with Napheesa Collier still having her senior season to go.

Collier, along with Oregon Ducks junior Sabrina Ionescu, were the only two college players to survive the initial cuts. With the WNBA Finals getting ready to start on Friday night, there’s a chance the final roster of 12 will look a lot different than current roster right now.

So for the UConn senior, it’s her chance to show USA Basketball and head coach Dawn Staley that she deserves to be part of the 12-member squad that heads to Spain for the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup later this month.

After practice at the New York Liberty training facility in Tarrytown, NY on Friday, Collier took some time to talk with the media. She talked about what she’ll bring back to UConn from her time with USA Basketball, going up against her former teammate on Saturday night, Kia Nurse, who plays for Canada, and wearing the Team USA uniform in the state where she plays her collegiate basketball.