Crystal Langhorne left out of USA basketball pool
In the biggest news not pertaining to the Mystics' fight for home-court advantage in the WNBA playoffs, Team USA announced Wednesday the names of the final four players to be included in the pool from which the team will be selected for this year's FIBA World Championships and Crystal Langhorne was not in the group.
Langhorne is among the top 10 in the WNBA in scoring, rebounding, shooting percentage and efficiency heading into Washington's showdown with New York on Friday and many believe her omission is a glaring mistake.
General Manager Angela Taylor spoke out on Twitter (MysticsGM_AT): "For the record, Crystal Langhorne should ABSOLUTELY be in the USAB pool. I respect the committee, but they missed the ball on this one."
And, if you haven't already, check out Mechelle Voepel's take on the matter for ESPN. Here's an excerpt:
Anybody who has paid attention to the WNBA this season likely had the same reaction that I did upon seeing this. Why on earth isn't Washington post player Crystal Langhorne in this pool?
There isn't a mandated number for the pool. It's now at 24, but it could have been more or less. But here is a 24-player working roster that includes three people -- Los Angeles' Candace Parker, Minnesota's Candice Wiggins and Washington's Alana Beard -- who are injured and can't compete in the world championship.
Meanwhile, not included is a player who is among the WNBA's top 10 in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and efficiency rating. That simply doesn't make any sense.
Langhorne is currently averaging 16.4 points and 9.8 rebounds for the playoff-bound Mystics. The only player of the four named Wednesday whose numbers compare even a little to Langhorne is [Rebecca] Brunson, who's at 11.6 ppg and 10.6 rpg.
Hoffman, who like Brunson is a starter, is at 8.0 and 4.0. Appel (3.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg) and Vaughn (2.2, 1.4) are both reserves who right now don't stack up in any way to Langhorne.
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