The World Cup No. 15 worn by Brittney Griner won't be used.

Because Brittney Griner, who was recently given a nine-year sentence in Russia for drug offences, USA Basketball's Women's World Cup players won't be donning No. 15, this is done in her honour.

Griner, who represented the United States in the quadrennial competition in Sydney while donning No. 15, helped the country earn two gold medals up to October 1.

In Sydney, USA Basketball had BG in mind. The sport's governing organisation tweeted, "#WeAreBG."

The WNBA star's wife, Cherelle Griner, and President Biden met last week. President Biden called the judgement "reprehensible."

In July, the US offered a "substantial offer" to free Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan.

It was disclosed by coach Cheryl Reeve on Wednesday that the USA team is concerned about Griner's future.

Griner, a standout at the Tokyo Olympics a year ago, would typically be on the squad when they open their quest for their fourth straight title and 11th overall on Thursday against Belgium.

Throughout the 10-day competition, Griner will be "top of mind," according to Reeve, who also revealed that players had sent letters of support for her.

Reeve described Griner as "a wonderful guy, really full of love."