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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.

By Katie Carrera  |  August 19, 2010; 2:11 PM ET
 
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Crystal Langhorne is far more qualified to be on Team USA than is Kia Vaughn.

Posted by: CarolAnne1 | August 19, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

She is far more qualified then Kia Vaughn and Jayne Appel who is still playing herself into shape! Ebony Hoffman has not been a consistent scorer or rebounder all year! Rebecka Brunson should have been on there from the beginning but if they pack the zone in she cant shoot from the top of the elbow like the jumper Lang has added to her arsenal on a consistent basis!

Geno's record is great for the college level...and two undefeated seasons is nothing to sneeze at. But I still do not think college coaches should coach Professionals for the fact that they DOOOO influence the committees decision on who is going to be on the team...

If Lang had worn a Husky jeasey would she be on the roster? Nobody said pick her but atleast give her a shot....If she develops a more consistent jumper...She could potentially put up numbers like Tina Thompson! And thats no joke!

Posted by: SkinzFan4lyfe | August 19, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

jersey that is not jeasey

Posted by: SkinzFan4lyfe | August 19, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Kia Vaughn being added to the team is a real slap in the face to Crystal.

Vaughn? Appel? Really, Geno? WTF?! Geno is clearly stacking this team with his favorite players - qualified or not. I've heard that Geno doesn't like Brenda Frese, so if he's taking out on Crystal the fact that she went to Maryland, he's even more petty than I thought. Voepel did an excellent job refuting all of the excuses for not adding Crystal.

Crystal will, as she always does, handle this with intelligence and grace. Which is more than can be said for Geno.

Posted by: krae-kartoons | August 20, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

There's no way C-Lang doesn't belong in the USA pool. Geno's explanation regarding size is a joke.

Did everyone see how the undersized Langhorne played in most recent (8/20) game vs. NY? Crystal battled Taj McWilliam pretty well while Kia Vaughn sat the bench in this important game.

Team USA needs to "get Lang!"
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Posted by: soozndesignandprint | August 22, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

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