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Vandersloot invited to Team USA tryouts

Every time you turn around it seems like Courtney Vandesloot is doing something special … and the mayor hasn't even given her a key to the city - yet.

After hauling in numberous awards at the NCAA Women's Final Four she headed to ESPN headquarters for the WNBA Draft - where she wsa picked third by the Chicago Sky.

Sunday it was throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for the Mariners and Tuesday, while she was en route to Detroit to pick up the Nancy Lieberman Award as the nation's best point guard, USA Basketball announced that the Gonzaga senior and 6-8 Baylor junior Brittney Griner were joining the national team tryouts in Las Vegas next month.

This is the first step in determining the team for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Team USA won gold at the world championships in 2010 and all those players are back, plus all that were cut to get down to 12, so Vandersloot faces long odds, but pretty soon some new blood will have to be considered for international cmpetition.

If you want to be impress with the company Vandersloot is keeping, check the roster below.

Vandersloot and Bjorkland and WNBA draft roundup

Better late than never, my story on Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot and U-Hi grad Angie Bjorklund both being drafted by the Chicago Sky of the WNBA.

For other stories I found, keep reading.

INW: Chicago Picks Vandersloot No. 3

Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot speaks to the media after being chosen by the Chicago Sky as the No. 3 pick in the WNBA basketball draft in Bristol, Conn., earlier today. Chicago also took Spokane's Angie Bjorklund, who played for Tennessee. Story here. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton Robb)

Last minute Vandersloot reading

Gonzaga women's basketball coach Kelly Graves is in Conneticut but there is no truth to the rumor that he is replacing UConn Geno Auriemma, who is headed to coach UCLA so he can be closer to Hollywood.

No, Graves is joining his star point guard Courtney Vandersloot at ESPN for today's WNBA Draft. He flew into Hartford on Sunday and is now in Bristol.

Some last minute reading as you wait for the Draft, which begins at noon … ESPN will be sure to let you know where to tune in.

ESPNW projects Vandersloot at No. 5 to Los Angeles Sparks, but anticipates a trade. WNBA.com had a Q&A with Vandersloot. In case you missed it, Saturday's post had several other links relating to Vandersloot and local product Angie Bjorklund awaiting the draft. Plus, Jayda Evans of the Seattle Times checks in with Vandersloot and the prospects of a couple other local products.

Wanted to throw in this story and another on 6-8 Australian teenager who said she has been misunderstood.

Check back early this afternoon for news on the draft or follow tweets at SRtrim.

Vandersloot & Bjorklund talk draft

I visited with Courtney Vandersloot and Angie Bjorklund about Monday's WNBA Draft, as well was local WNBA player Briann January. Needless to say, Vandersloot is now a media darling, that's for people who waited until the NCAA Tournament to learn what we've known around here. But she's the subject of a story on ESPNW and she wrote a diary item for USA Today. Just as impressive, she was third in the Wooden Award voting behind Maya Moore and Brittney Griner, impressive company.

Vandersloot, Bjorklund await WNBA draft

Spare time this week was spent connecting with Courtney Vandersloot and Angie Bjorklund as they await Monday's WNBA draft. Our story for Sunday's paper, which includes  local product Briann January, a former first-round pick, giving her thoughts, will be up late Saturday or early Sunday, so be sure to come back.

There are other stories, plenty from ESPN.com, which, of course, has a vested interest as the host for the draft. The 12-team, 3-round draft is at noon on the ESPN stations. Vandersloot is going to go in the Top 10, Bjorklund is also considered a top prospect.

For a roundup, try Jayda Evans' women's hoops blog at The Seattle Times, which indicates some area stars might be shopping for places to go after going with Xavier and Cal, which lost their coaches. It might help that the X coach is now running the Huskies. The Cal coach bolted for Virginia, and of course UCLA is open with Nikki Caldwell headed to LSU.