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Caitlin Clark isn’t an alternate on the U.S. Olympic basketball team, but there’s a reason for that

The U.S. women’s basketball team’s roster for the Paris Olympics was announced Tuesday, and Caitlin Clark’s name was nowhere to be found.

Not even as a substitute.

That’s because USA Basketball hasn’t named any alternates. But any player in the Olympic pool, like Clark, will be eligible to play if someone gets injured or can’t play for other reasons.

But alternates would be chosen based on the position to be filled. So if a center or forward gets injured, Clark likely won’t be eligible. Or wouldn’t be among the first eligible players. However, if it is a guard, Clark could be in line to replace that player.

The team heading to Paris includes Diana Taurasi, Napheesa Collier, Kahleah Copper, Chelsea Gray, Brittney Griner, Sabrina Ionescu, Jewell Loyd, Kelsey Plum, Breanna Stewart, Alyssa Thomas, A’Ja Wilson and Jackie Young. The squad has a combined 15 Olympic gold medals and 18 FIBA ​​World Cup titles.

Despite breaking numerous college records before being drafted No. 1 overall in April’s WNBA draft, Clark will sit out these Olympics.

“I know this is the most competitive team in the world,” Clark said Sunday after news leaked that she had not been named to the team. “…Honestly, not a disappointment.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Is Caitlin Clark an Olympic alternative? Explain the process.