Asjha Jones was named to the 2012 Olympic Basketball Team today, taking a spot that was thought to be saved for Brittney Griner, before she opted out last week. This means that half of the athletes on the team are UConn graduates: Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Diana Taurasi, Tina Charles, Maya Moore and Jones.
Geno Auriemma, coach of the Olympic squad, said “he would like to think it’s a coincidence,” and that the players were named because they deserved it.
So if Auriemma didn’t pick these players, who did? ESPN points out that Auriemma only has input, and a committee makes the decisions.
Aside from the Huskies issue, with all due respect to Jones, I can think of at least a dozen other players who are more skilled for the job. I wonder why her, of all of those players.