Aug. 16, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- Junior Dakota Whyte has been selected to the Senior B Women’s National Team, it was announced by Canada Basketball on Aug. 15.
“It’s almost like a development team,” Whyte explained. “They basically have this team because they want to prepare my age group because we are projected to be the 2020 Olympic team. It’s the team under the Senior National Team.
The Senior B Women’s National Team is set to compete at the 36th William Jones International Basketball Tournament in Taipei, Taiwan. The tournament runs from Aug. 20-24 and features five other teams including Japan, Korea, USA and two Chinese Taipei teams. Team Canada will play five games in the tournament.
“The best part is being able to represent my country,” Whyte said. “Every athlete’s dream is to play with the highest level for their country. I’m always playing basketball and always being a student of the game and getting better.”
The decision to play for the national team was easy for the Toronto, Ontario, native who said she is playing to enhance her game in the offseason.
“I definitely want to bring back better decision making and being a complete point guard,” Whyte said. “I want to work on becoming a better scorer, passer and turning it up defensively. I think this benefits in every aspect of basketball.”
She said she has received great support from her Badger teammates and coaches and is eager to return to the Kohl Center after the tournament.
Whyte said one of her first calls was from head coach Bobbie Kelsey.
“She called me right away and said ‘I am so proud of you and congratulations,’” Whyte said. “She asked what I did in the tryouts and how it was going. She wanted to hear all of the details and was pretty happy for me”
The 5-foot-8-inch guard played in all 29 games for the Badgers in the 2013-14 season and scored in double figures in six games. In addition to being on the roster for the Senior B Women’s Nation Team, Whyte was a member of the Canadian National team that competed in the 2011 FIBA 3-on-3 Youth World Championship, a member of the 2012 Canadian Junior National team and represented Canada at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, helping the team to a fourth-place finish.