"I don't know how you leave country without Caitlin Clark": 2X WNBA champ Lisa Leslie wants Iowa star to be part of Team USA's 2024 Olympics squad

 Lisa Leslie shuts down any doubts over Caitlin Clark on Team USA
Lisa Leslie shuts down any doubts over Caitlin Clark on Team USA

Lisa Leslie, a two-time WNBA champion, says Caitlin Clark should be part of Team USA's 2024 Olympic team.

Clark is one of the top players in college basketball and is projected to be the first overall pick in the WNBA Draft. With the Olympics this summer, whether or not the Iowa Hawkeyes guard will be on that team is uncertain.

However, Leslie believes there's no doubt Clark should be on the flight to Paris.

"One hundred percent," Leslie said via Sporting News. "One-thousand percent. I can't even let you get the question out. I don't know how you leave the country without her."

Clark is currently the only college player to be invited to the training camp, but Leslie doesn't see that as a problem. Instead, she says Clark is good enough to be on the team.

"Those are the parts of the politics that I hope we get past because there is no reason – when you see an American player is the most outstanding player in our country — how is she not having the opportunity to represent our country?" Leslie asked.

Although the Olympics are this summer, Clark is focused on March Madness as the Iowa Hawkeyes are in the Sweet 16. Clark led the Hawkeyes past West Virginia in the second round as she scored a game-high 32 points.

Iowa will return to the court on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET against the Colorado Buffaloes.

Who was invited to the camp along with Caitlin Clark?

Caitlin Clark was officially invited to the Team USA training camp, which will take place in Cleveland from April 3-5.

Clark is the only college athlete on the training camp roster, which is as follows:

  • Shakira Austin
  • Ariel Atkins
  • Aliyah Boston
  • Caitlin Clark
  • Chelsea Gray
  • Brittney Griner
  • Rhyne Howard
  • Sabrina Ionescu
  • Jewell Loyd
  • Kelsey Plum
  • Breanna Stewart
  • Diana Taurasi
  • A’ja Wilson
  • Jackie Young

If Clark makes the team, she will join Breanna Stewart (2016), Candace Parker (2008) and Diana Taurasi (2004) as recent grads to make the Olympic team.

The final roster is expected to be released in the spring, with the women's basketball tournament starting on July 28 and concluding on August 11, with Team USA's first game against Japan on July 29.

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Edited by Deepesh Nair