A blend of high stress and high elevation will await players invited to training camp for the U.S. women's basketball national team for players 23 or younger in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Ohio State guards Kelsey Mitchell and Linnae Harper will face stiff competition — 40 college players will be whittled down to a roster of 12 between Monday and Friday — for a chance to represent the U.S. at the Four Nations Tournament Aug. 12-15 in Tokyo. The 5-foot-8 guards will, however, be familiar with each other.

Mitchell, twice the Big Ten's player of the year in her first three seasons at Ohio State, has some experience with national-team training camps — she was a surprise cut from the U16 team in 2011 — but said she will lean on Harper, a fellow senior guard who has represented the U.S. at various competitions and levels.

“She’s been through the process. She knows how everything goes,” Mitchell said of Harper, the Big Ten's sixth player of the year in 2017. “I can always go to her like, ‘Nae, how does this go?’ Just picking her brain about how certain things go out here. I’m really happy she’s going so I can ask a lot of questions.”

Harper, who averaged 8.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in her debut season for Ohio State, said she has been working on her footwork and three-point shooting to try to become more consistent behind the arc. As the tryout camp approaches, she feels a nervous energy.

“I don’t know why. Just something about it,” Harper said. “But I’m excited to get out there and learn some new stuff and elevate my game and me as a person.”

Louisville’s Jeff Walz will coach the U23 team. Assisting him are Princeton’s Courtney Banghart and Western Kentucky’s Michelle Clark-Heard. Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma will serve as the camp’s lead clinician.

The training camp features many of the nation’s top women’s college basketball players, including Associated Press first-team All-America selections A’ja Wilson of South Carolina and Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesha Collier of UConn, second-team selections Gabby Williams of UConn and Mitchell, and third-team selections Lexie Brown of Duke and Victoria Vivians of Mississippi State.

After Ohio State lost to Notre Dame in an NCAA Tournament regional semifinal in March, Mitchell said she would work to become “the most versatile player ever.” She has spent  time playing off the ball this summer.

“It’s going to be important that in some situations, everything’s not going through me,” Mitchell said. “It’s different, but I like different.”

In addition to practicing with her teammates, Mitchell regularly sharpens her skills at pickup games throughout Columbus. She has built a network of basketball contacts locally — if there’s a pickup game coming together, she’ll get an invite.

In the back of Harper’s mind heading into the tryout camp is the International Olympic Committee’s announcement last month that 3-on-3 basketball will be added to the 2020 games. Harper represented the U.S. at the World 3-on-3 Championships in China in October, and in Colorado Springs, she will relish another opportunity to get her name out there on a national stage.

“That’s definitely something that I would love to have the opportunity to do, especially representing USA for another time,” Harper said of 3-on-3 in the Olympics. “I think it’s cool. I think it’s great. It’s another opportunity to go for the gold.”