Few athletes have made as many connections as basketball player Hailey Van Lith in such a short amount of time. The collegiate star has made the NCAA tournament in four consecutive seasons with two different teams, and this year will look to take her third team to the big dance. On the international stage, Van Lith dominated the youth levels and has already proven herself at the senior level with a 3x3 World Cup win in 2023.

Learn more about the Team USA star as she looks to lead the women's 3x3 basketball team to its second straight Olympic gold medal in Paris this summer.

Athlete bio:

How old is Hailey Van Lith?

Hailey Van Lith is 22 years old and was born on September 9, 2001.

Where is Hailey Van Lith from?

Hailey Van Lith Is from Cashmere, Washington, and was born in Wenatchee, Washington.

When did Hailey Van Lith start playing basketball?

Hailey Van Lith grew up around the game of basketball and would often practice with her brother’s basketball team, which her father coached. By first and second grade, she knew that basketball was her sport, and her competitive nature pushed her to work even harder. She remembers being inspired by the UConn Huskies to pursue collegiate basketball, and the growth of the WNBA convinced her that this was her future.

How tall is Hailey Van Lith?

Hailey Van Lith is 5-foot-9. 

Who are Hailey Van Lith’s parents?

Hailey Van Lith’s parents are Jessica and Corey Van Lith. Her father Tanner is a former collegiate baseball and basketball player at the University of Puget Sound. He has been a major inspiration throughout Van Lith’s career, and she credits him with teaching her to be a tough, fiery player. She also has one brother named Tanner who played baseball at Big Bend Community College.

What are some fun facts about Hailey Van Lith?

  • When she was younger, Hailey Van Lith and her father would rent out a gym for two hours every night so she could put in extra practice time
  • Hailey Van Lith enjoys playing 3x3 basketball because it’s a game where you cannot have any weaknesses. She enjoys getting to play “pure basketball” and believes it has helped prepare her for the WNBA.
  • Hailey Van Lith has plans to enroll in law school while pursuing a professional basketball career in the WNBA. She hopes to specialize in contract law and utilize her bachelor’s degree in finance.

Career highlights

Where did Hailey Van Lith go to college?

Hailey Van Lith is entering her first season at TCU after transferring to the program to take advantage of the COVID-year eligibility waiver. She will play one season as a graduate student with the Horned Frogs.

Van Lith began her collegiate career at Louisville, where she played three seasons. She led the Cardinals to the NCAA Final Four as a freshman, followed by consecutive Elite Eight appearances. She averaged 14.5 points per game over her three years at Louisville and was named a 2023 Drysdale Award finalist. In 2022, she was named the NCAA Wichita Regional Most Outstanding Player.

In 2023, Van Lith transferred to LSU for her senior year, where she joined the then-reigning NCAA champions. In her one season with the Tigers, Van Lith averaged 11.6 points per game while helping the team to a 31-6 record. She recorded four 20-point games en route to the team’s Elite Eight appearance.

When did Hailey Van Lith debut for Team USA basketball?

Hailey Van Lith debuted for Team USA as a 16-year-old and helped the United States win gold at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in the 3x3 tournament. In that tournament, she played alongside Aliyah Boston, Paige Bueckers and Sam Brunelle after capturing the U18 national championship with the same group.

That year she also helped the U.S. win gold in 5-on-5 basketball at the U17 World Cup.

How many gold medals does Hailey Van Lith have?

Hailey Van Lith has won five gold medals with the U.S. women’s basketball team. On top of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and FIBA U17 World Cup medals, she also won gold at the 2019 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup and U19 World Cup. Her first senior international medal came after winning gold at the 2023 FIBA 3x3 World Cup.

Will Hailey Van Lith go to the WNBA?

Hailey Van Lith has expressed her plans to enter the WNBA draft after she completes her last season of collegiate eligibility with the TCU Horned Frogs next year.

Road to Paris

Is Hailey Van Lith going to the Paris Olympics?

Hailey Van Lith was one of four women named to the U.S. Olympic women’s 3x3 basketball team.

How is Hailey Van Lith playing in 2024?

Hailey Van Lith has played three competitions so far in 2024 with the U.S. 3x3 basketball team. She was part of team that took first place on the 3x3 Women’s Series at the Quebec stop, as well as leading the team to a second-place result at the Springfield stop. Most recently, she helped the team to a semifinal finish at the Fribourg stop. She is currently training with the national team ahead of the Olympic Games.