Fagbenle Seeks Roster Spot for 2012 Olympic Games

Fagbenle Seeks Roster Spot for 2012 Olympic Games

Fagbenle will compete for a spot on Great Britain’s 2012 Olympic Team (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard women’s basketball rising sophomore Temi Fagbenle has been named to Great Britain’s preliminary roster for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Great Britain, as host, has received an automatic qualification to this year’s Olympic women’s basketball competition.  The tournament is set to begin on Saturday, July 28 and will run through Sunday, Aug. 12. All games will be played at the newly built Basketball Arena and the North Greenwich Arena.

Fagbenle will begin the team’s first training camp on May 5 with 19 other Olympic hopefuls.  Four other current U.S. collegiate players join her on the roster; Dominique Allen and Georgia Jones of Oral Roberts, Florida’s Azania Stewart and Stanford’s Bonnie Samuelson.

Great Britain’s final Olympic 12-player roster will be announced on Friday, June 22.

Fagbenle came to Camrbridge this past fall as the program’s first-ever McDonald’s All-American after concluding an incredibly successful high school career. She was ranked 13th overall in the Class of 2011 by ESPN HoopGurlz, and was the fifth ranked forward on the list. She led Great Britain’s U18 National Team to the 2010 Women’s European Championship, and was named Great Britain’s U18 Player of the Year as a result. As a senior at Blair Academy, she was named the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior after guiding her team to the state and MAPL championships .  After sitting a year in residency, Fagbenle will enter the 2012-13 season as a sophomore at Harvard.