Jayne Appel's busy senior year at Stanford just got a little busier. The Cardinal basketball standout, along with recent graduate Candice Wiggins, have accepted invitations to attend the 2009 USA Basketball Women's National Team's training camp.
The training camp will run from Sept. 30-Oct. 5 at American University in Washington, D.C. as the U.S. begins preparations for the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Appel and Wiggins are among 14 athletes who will join the eight players already selected to the 2009-12 USA Basketball Women's National Team back on Aug. 17. Joining Appel and Wiggins among the group of 14 are: Alana Beard (Washington Mystics), Swin Cash (Seattle Storm), Tina Charles (Connecticut), Shameka Christon (New York Liberty), Candice Dupree (Chicago Sky), Lindsey Harding (Washington Mystics), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Connecticut) and Lindsay Whalen (Connecticut Sun).
Already named to the team on Aug. 17 were: Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Kara Lawson (Sacramento Monarchs), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Cappie Pondexter (Phoenix Mercury) and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury).
Appel, a 6-foot-4 center, previously has been a part of two gold medal-winning USA Basketball teams, capturing titles with the USA Basketball Pan-American Games Team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2007 and with the U18 National Team at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs in 2006. Most recently, the Pleasant Hill native was selected as a finalist for the USA Basketball World University Games Team this past summer, but had to withdraw due to injury.
Appel is currently sidelined with an injury but is expected to attend the camp nonetheless. Those WNBA players who are participating in the playoffs will not attend the camp.
In the collegiate ranks, Appel was named a State Farm Coaches' All-American as well as Pac-10 Player of the Year following a banner year in 2008-09. Appel ranked second in the Pac-10 with 16.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game and a 60.2 percent shooting rate from the floor. She helped lead Stanford to its second consecutive Final Four thanks in part to a school-record 46-point performance in the Cardinal's 74-53 victory over Iowa State in the Berkeley Regional Final.
Entering 2009-10, Appel currently ranks seventh on Stanford's all-time scoring list with 1,635 points and is third with 942 career rebounds. She enters the season with a very favorable chance of becoming just Stanford's third 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound performer, following Nicole Powell (2,062 / 1,143) and Val Whiting (2,077 / 1,134).
Wiggins, Stanford's all-time leading scorer with 2,629 points as well as 19.2 points per game in her career, returns to training camp with the USA Basketball Women's National Team after having previously seen action with the senior team at the Good Luck Beijing Tournament in April 2008. The two-year WNBA veteran with the Minnesota Lynx has enjoyed continued success at the pro level since leaving The Farm, earning WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year honors following her rookie campaign in 2008 and averaging 14.3 points and 2.78 assists per game over her young pro career.
The San Diego native, who was named USA Basketball's Female Athlete of the Year in 2007, has earned gold medals with various USA Basketball national teams, beginning in 2004 when she helped lead the U18 squad to the FIBA Americas U18 Championship title. From there, Wiggins was part of gold medal-winning USA Basketball teams at the 2005 FIBA U19 Championship, 2005 International Sports Invitational, 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship and the 2007 Pan-American Games. She also earned a silver medal with the senior national team at the Good Luck Beijing Tournament last year.
In addition to her stint with the senior team at that tournament, Wiggins was also an alternate for the USA Basketball Women's National Team that participated in the FIBA Americas Championship in Sept. 2007.
Following the six-day domestic training camp, selected players will travel to Ekaterinburg, Russia, where the USA will compete in the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational
It is expected that the official 12-member 2010 USA World Championship and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams, should the USA qualify for the Olympics, will be comprised of players from the 2009-12 USA National Team.