Dearica Hamby to replace injured Cameron Brink on U.S. Olympic 3×3 team

Dearica Hamby was named to the U.S. Olympic 3×3 basketball team, the Sparks announced Monday. Hamby replaces teammate Cameron Brink, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during the Sparks’ loss to the Connecticut Sun last week.

Hamby, who will join Cierra Burdick, Rhyne Howard and Hailey Van Lith on the 3×3 roster, has previous USA Basketball 3×3 experience. The two-time WNBA All-Star was MVP of the 2023 3×3 AmeriCup and was part of the national team’s camp in Springfield, Mass., in April.

“It is an honor to announce Dearica Hamby’s addition to the USA 3×3 Women’s National Team and we look forward to getting to work as a squad very soon,” Jay Demings, USA Basketball 3×3 national team director and member of the USA Basketball 3×3 women’s selection committee, said in a statement. “USA Basketball continues to keep Cameron Brink in our thoughts as she focuses on her recovery.”

Hamby is having a standout season with the Sparks and recently signed a contract extension through the 2025 season. She leads the WNBA in double-doubles (11), ranks second in defensive rebounds per game (8.8) and third in rebounds per game (10.4). Through 17 contests, Hamby is averaging 17.8 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals.

Earlier this season, Hamby was named the Western Conference Player of the Week after taking down Las Vegas, her former team.

“The Sparks are proud of how she consistently shows up as a leader, a teammate, and a competitor all while consistently producing on the court,” Sparks General Manager Raegan Pebley said in a statement. “We are excited to cheer for her and the 3×3 team as they compete for gold in Paris.”

The 3×3 Olympic basketball competition is scheduled for July 30-Aug. 5 at Place de la Concorde in Paris.

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