USA Basketball announces Storm's Katie Lou Samuelson will not participate in Tokyo Olympics


As the Tokyo Olympic Games draw near, Seattle Storm fans have been gearing up to watch some of their favorite Storm players in both 5-on-5 basketball and 3-on-3.

But USA Basketball announced Monday that Storm forward Katie Lou Samuelson was “placed under USA Basketball's health & safety protocols on Saturday.”

Samuelson will remain in protocol and will not be participating in this year’s Olympic Games for Team USA's 3x3 team.

USA Basketball also tweeted out, “Our hearts are broken for Lou. We thank her for her endless commitment to building up USA Basketball 3x3 & we will miss her dearly in Tokyo.”

The team announced that Jackie Young of the Las Vegas Aces will replace Samuelson on the 3x3 team.

The USA Women's 3x3 National Team tipped off its training in Las Vegas on July 13 and ran through the 18th.

Team USA 3-on-3 competition will tip-off July 24 at Aomi Urban Sports Park, with the U.S. facing France and followed by a matchup against Mongolia.