Belarus will give a naturalised spot on their roster to American Lindsay Harding to help strengthen their Eurobasket Women 2015 campaign.
The Belorussians are not only keen to better their fifth placed finish at Eurobasket Women in 2013, but also hopeful of a return to the Olympic stage for next year in Rio after missing out at the London games of 2012.
This will mark the first time that Belarus women’s national side have explored the naturalised option, which has been utilised by many nations before.
Belarus will have their work cut out when the tournament begins on June 11, as they are housed in the Romanian city of Oradea with Greece, Italy, Poland and Turkey in Group B.
Harding was the number one pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft.
The point guard from Mobile, Alabama is currently playing for Turkish side Edirnespor. She was the number one overall pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft and has experience with the Minnesota Lynx, Washington Mystics, Atlanta Dream and most recently, Los Angeles Sparks.
Harding has also had Euroleague Women credentials with Galatasaray in 2013, averaging 7.4 points an outing.
Photo: FIBA Europe.