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Wings’ Arike Ogunbowale withdrew from consideration for U.S. girls’s Olympic crew as a consequence of ‘politics’

Amid the controversy over Caitlin Clark being left off the USA women’s basketball roster for the 2024 Olympics, many WNBA fans pointed out that Arike Ogunbowale was another notable snub from the team. The Dallas Wings guard is a three-time WNBA All-Star who also earned first- and second-team All-WNBA honors during her previous five professional

Wings’ Arike Ogunbowale withdrew from consideration for U.S. girls’s Olympic crew as a consequence of ‘politics’

Ian Casselberry

Amid the controversy over Caitlin Clark being left off the USA women’s basketball roster for the 2024 Olympics, many WNBA followers identified that Arike Ogunbowale was one other notable snub from the crew.

The Dallas Wings guard is a three-time WNBA All-Star who additionally earned first- and second-team All-WNBA honors throughout her earlier 5 skilled seasons. She additionally gained the 2021 WNBA All-Star Sport MVP award. To this point this 12 months, Ogunbowale is placing up the very best numbers of her profession, averaging 24.9 factors, 4.5 rebounds, 5.4 assists and a pair of.9 steals per sport.

At Notre Dame, she gained the 2018 nationwide championship and was named the NCAA match’s Most Excellent Participant, along with incomes ACC Athlete of the Yr honors.

Showing on the “Nightcap” podcast with Shannon Sharpe and Chad Johnson, Ogunbowale defined that she took her title out of consideration months earlier as a result of she might see how politics had been factoring into the choice course of.

“I just about had an concept that I would not be on it,” Ogunbowale mentioned. “I simply felt the vibes. On the subject of that stuff, it actually does not have a lot to do along with your sport.”

“I truly took my title out of the pool months in the past,” she added. “When the checklist got here out, I do know all people was like, ‘Arike ought to’ve been on it.’ I knew I would not be on it. That is not saying I did not suppose perhaps final 12 months I might be on the crew, that I used to be ok to make the crew.”

Together with her 24.9 factors per sport, Ogunbowale is the top-scoring guard within the WNBA. (A’ja Wilson is the league’s high scorer general at 28 factors per sport.) She actually confronted powerful competitors at that place on the Group USA roster, together with Diana Taurasi, Sabrina Ionescu, Kelsey Plum, Jewell Loyd, Chelsea Gray and Jackie Young. But as Ogunbowale mentioned, match is outwardly additionally a consideration in a subjective course of.

“After I consider girls’s basketball and what number of years I have been enjoying in faculty and professional, politics is at all times surrounding it,” Ogunbowale mentioned. “Whether or not that is USA Basketball, All-Star groups, [All-WNBA] first-team, stuff like that — there’s politics. There’s politics in the whole lot.”

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Wings head coach Latricia Trammell spoke up for her star and criticized Ogunbowale’s omission from the USA roster.

“I do not prefer it,” Trammell mentioned, via ClutchPoints. “However I’m very pleased with the gamers that did make it. I do know that they may symbolize our nation extraordinarily nicely. However you at all times discuss Arike, must be within the MVP talks. … I used to be disillusioned that I didn’t see her title as a result of I feel she deserves it. I am not taking away from the gamers that did make it.”

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