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U.S.A. Women’s Basketball Training Camp: Practice Session Day 2

Annapolis, MD – Tuesday morning was day number two of U.S.A. Women’s Basketball training camp at the Naval base in Annapolis. Before the start of practice the team was briefly addressed by Sgt. Major. Bryan Battaglia, who is the senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chariman of the Joint Chiefs of staff. He stoutly explained what it means to represent your country and the profound effect it has on this nation whether you know it or not [Paraphrased]. Many of the athletes were just as big of fans of the midshipmen as the midshipmen were of theirs. The team then took the floor and began their normal practice routines, which is stretching followed by cone drills. During this time we had the chance to sit back and observe the level of focus these ladies brought to practice. After stretching and cone drills coach Auriemma broke the ladies off into three groups of five to work on executing his more than credible offense. As I mentioned in a previous article this U.S. Women’s team is loaded with oodles of talent at every position. While dry running the set plays you could feel the intensity, the emotion, and just the overall hunger these ladies have during this process. Even the older veterans that have seniority are still looking over their shoulders due to the array of talent here in Maryland. Not to mention seven players haven’t even reported to camp yet as a result of playing in the WNBA Finals. Of those seven players possibly three of them could be shoe in selections for coach Auriemma ( Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi, & Elena Delle Donne) so as you can imagine spots are limited. Heading into day 3 of practice and the showcase Thursday night (ESPN2) I’ll be monitoring closely with an eagle eye the player positon battles. The U.S. Women’s team takes the floor for practice tomorrow morning at 11:00am ET at Halsey Gym at the U.S. Naval Academy.

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Correspondant/Staff Writer Jason P. Braswell is an NBA writer/ Sports Talk Show Host, and he expresses his love for the game passionately. Jason is the creator of The Baseline Blurb and is a contributor on other blogs such as Baseline Hoops(, and Lakeshow Life( . When he is not expressing his passion for basketball on paper, Jason takes his thoughts ON-AIR. He hosts a weekly sports talk show “On the Baseline with Braswell” that airs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30pm CST. Please feel free to follow him on Twitter @JdotBras, also keep up with his Radio show happenings on Facebook. When Jason is not talking basketball/sports you can bet that he is around it, but a majority of the time he is playing. He played basketball both High School and Collegiately, and to this day enjoys shooting hoops for fun. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia; Jason now resides in Houston, TX with his wonderful wife and dog. You can reach Jason via email at, he will respond accordingly!

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