Raven Johnson Named to USA AmeriCup Team
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. –South Carolina rising sophomore Raven Johnson is one of eight athletes named to the 2023 USA Women’s AmeriCup Team, USA Basketball announced today. Five additional finalists will return for training camp in Colorado Springs in June to compete for the final four spots on the team that will represent the U.S. in the 2023 FIBA Women’s AmeriCup, set for July 1-9 in Leon, Mexico.
While she has participated in two other USA Basketball trials, Johnson earned first team assignment with USA Basketball on Sunday. She joins 11 other Dawn Staley-coached Gamecocks who have donned the Red, White and Blue in international competition during or after their South Carolina careers.
Johnson thrived in her first full season on the court for South Carolina, earning a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team. Her 2.37 assist-to-turnover ratio ranked 17th in the nation, and her 3.4 assists per game were ninth in the SEC. Johnson handed out five or more assists 12 times in her 37 games and led the team in assists 18 times. In the postseason, her distribution increased to 4.1 assists per game over the eight games in the SEC and NCAA Tournaments.
Since the inception of the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup in 1993, the United States has captured four AmeriCup gold medals, including titles in 2019 and 2021. In addition to the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela will participate in the 2023 FIBA AmeriCup. The draw is set to take place May 10.
Continue to check GamecocksOnline.com and the team’s social media accounts (@GamecockWBB) for the most up-to-date information on the women’s basketball program.
2023 USA Basketball Women’s AmeriCup Team
Janiah Barker, Texas A&M (finalist)
Lauren Betts, UCLA
Makira Cook, Illinois (finalist)
Chance Gray, Oregon (finalist)
Abigail Hsu, Columbia (finalist)
Rickea Jackson, Tennessee
Raven Johnson, South Carolina
Rayah Marshall, Southern Cal
Aneesah Morrow, LSU (finalist)
Charisma Osborne, UCLA
Laila Phelia, Michigan
Angel Reese, LSU
Jewel Spear, Tennessee