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Former Kentucky, Louisville stars to play for Team USA in the Olympics

Start sharpening your knowledge of three-on-three basketball as two players with ties to Kentucky will represent Team USA in that sport at this summer’s Olympic Games in France.

Rhyne Howard, who played at Kentucky, and Hailey Van Lith, who launched her decorated college career at Louisville, are part of the four-player USA squad that will go to Paris from July 26 to August. 11. The three-on-three schedule begins with pool play on July 30 and ends with the gold medal match on August 5.

Howard and Van Lith are joined by former Stanford star Cameron Brink of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and Cierra Burdick, a former Tennessee standout who now plays professionally overseas.

The four athletes were named to the Olympic team following a recent training camp in Springfield, Massachusetts, and each has previous USA Basketball experience in both the five-on-five and three-on-three formats.

Jennifer Rizzotti, president of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, will coach the team with help from Rhode Island’s Tammi Reiss.

Three-on-three is played on a half-court with a 10-minute game clock and a 12-second shot clock. Play is continuous as teams “clear” the ball behind the 2-point line after a made basket, defensive rebound or steal. The first team to score 21 points via 1-point field goals or 2-pointers from behind the arc wins; or if time expires, the team leader wins.

Rhyne Howard is the second-leading career scorer in Kentucky women's basketball history and the first player from the program to represent the United States in the Olympics.Rhyne Howard is the second-leading career scorer in Kentucky women's basketball history and the first player from the program to represent the United States in the Olympics.

Rhyne Howard is the second-leading career scorer in Kentucky women’s basketball history and the first player from the program to represent the United States in the Olympics.

Hailey Van Lith helped lead Louisville to a Final Four and an Elite Eight during her three seasons as a Cardinal.Hailey Van Lith helped lead Louisville to a Final Four and an Elite Eight during her three seasons as a Cardinal.

Hailey Van Lith helped lead Louisville to a Final Four and an Elite Eight during her three seasons as a Cardinal.

Howard, a two-time WNBA All-Star and unanimous 2022 WNBA Rookie of the Year, is in her third season for the Atlanta Dream. Through seven games this season, the 6-foot-1 guard is averaging 16.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.0 blocks per game, helping the Dream to a 4-3 record.

Her 2.6 steals per game are the second-highest in the league.

Howard becomes the first women’s basketball player in program history to represent Team USA in the Olympic Games. She finished her four seasons at Kentucky from 2018-2022 as UK’s second-leading career scorer with 2,290 points.

Van Lith spent her first three college seasons at Louisville, where she helped lead the Cardinals to an NCAA Final Four and an Elite Eight. She played at LSU last season and also helped the Tigers reach the NCAA quarterfinals.

The 5-7 guard will complete her eligibility as a graduate student at Texas Christian University next season.

Van Lith is the only active Division I player with at least 1,900 points, 500 rebounds and 350 assists.

Rhyne Howard is a two-time WNBA All-Star with the Atlanta Dream.Rhyne Howard is a two-time WNBA All-Star with the Atlanta Dream.

Rhyne Howard is a two-time WNBA All-Star with the Atlanta Dream.

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