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2019 USA Men's 3x3 World Cup Team


  • Date:
    Oct 16, 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands • June 18-23, 2019

Finishing a perfect 7-0, the USA won its first men's FIBA 3x3 World Cup gold medal after securing a dominating 22-8 rout of Poland in the semifinal and a hard-fought 18-14 defensive battle over Latvia in the gold medal game on June 23 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The gold medal marked the USA’s second 3x3 World Cup medal in five tries, after having claimed silver at the 2016 3x3 World Cup. The USA is now 23-9 overall in 3x3 World Cup play.

2019 USA RESULTS (7-0) 

USA 21 Serbia 16
USA 22 Turkey   3
USA 22 South Korea   8
USA 15 Nertherlands 14
USA 21 Slovenia 14
USA 22 Poland   8
USA 18 Latvia 14


1. USA (7-0) 11. Netherlands (2-2)
2. Latvia (5-2) 12. Qatar (2-2)
3. Poland (5-2) 13. Mongolia (2-2)
4. Serbia (4-3) 14. Japan (2-2)
5. Puerto Rico (3-2) 15. Estonia (1-3)
6. France (3-2) 16. Russia (1-3)
7. Slovenia (3-2) 17. South Korea (1-3)
8. Ukraine (3-2) 18. Brazil (0-4)
9. Lithuania (2-2) 19. China (0-4)
10. Australia (2-2) 20. Turkey (0-4)
NOTE: Final standings for 5th-24th places were determined by the FIBA classification criteria

Twenty teams took part in the men’s tournament, which was held in conjunction with the women’s 3x3 World Cup. Also included were a women’s skills contest, a shootout contest and men’s dunk contest. 

The U.S. team members were selected to represent the USA at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup after participating in the 2019 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals that was played May 3-4 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“It’s a heck of a feeling,” said tournament MVP Robbie Hummel (Purdue/Valparaiso, Ind.), who scored a tournament third-best 46 points and had 31 rebounds over the seven games. “It was a great tournament and the fans were outstanding. Latvia is a heck of a team. We see those guys on the (3x3) circuit. They’re disciplined, they’re talented. So, (my) hat’s off to them. They were outstanding all week.

“It’s pretty surreal,” he added. “For our team to have come together, Kareem (Maddox), Damon (Huffman) and I have played a good amount with each other during the summer, but Canyon (Barry) is very new. I’m so proud of everybody on this team. I think anybody could have been named MVP. We had contributions from everybody. Defensively I thought we were awesome. We were a complete team, a solid unit on both ends of the floor.”

Rounding out the USA gold medalists are Canyon Barry (Iowa Wolves/Florida/Colorado Springs, Colo.), who ranked fifth among all participants with 39 points; Damon Huffman   (Brown/Petoskey, Mich.), who ranked 12th with 32 points; and Kareem Maddox (Princeton/Los Angeles, Calif), who led the USA with 42 rebounds and whose 24 points ranked 27th among the 80 participants.

Over the seven games, the USA outscored its opponents 20.1 to 11.0 points a game and owned a 3.2 average rebounding advantage after hauling in 13.9 to 10.7 rebounds per game. The USA also finished the tournament shooting 50.3% (89-187 FGs) from the field and 36.8% (35-95 2pt FGs) from 2-point, while its defense limited opponents to 32.4% (55-170 FGs) of their field goal attempts and an icy 16.7% (13-78 2pt FGs) from afar.

Led by Hummel, who combined for a tournament-high of 23 points in the USA’s two victories, the USA took down three-time defending champion Serbia 21-16 and followed that with a 22-3 defeat of Turkey. In addition to Hummel, who grabbed seven rebounds and was credited with four assists in the two games, the USA was paced to the two victories by Maddox, who combined for eight points and 11 rebounds; Barry, who had seven points and a pair of rebounds; and Huffman, who tallied five points, five assists and five rebounds. 

The USA earned the top spot in Group A and improved its record to 4-0 record with a dominating 22-8 win over South Korea and a down-to-the-wire 15-14 victory against 2018 3x3 World Cup silver medalist Netherlands. Barry finished as the USA’s top scorer for the day with a combined 17 points over the two contests. Hummel totaled eight points, Huffman scored seven and Maddox added five points.

On a day when its outside shots weren’t falling, the USA shot 85.6% (12-14 1pt FGs) from inside the arc and earned a 21-14 victory over Slovenia in the quarterfinal round on June 22. Barry led the USA against Slovenia with a game-high seven points, Huffman scored six, Hummel scored five points and hauled in a game-high seven rebounds and Maddox  topped out with three points and three rebounds.

In the semifinal against Poland, Huffman got a pass from Maddox and drained the first of nine USA 2-pointers in the game with 30 seconds expired on the clock.

Poland's Michael Hicks, who entered the game averaging 10.4 points a game, scored his team’s first point 38 seconds later, but from there the USA was off and running. Reeling off an astounding 16-straight points, including 12 from beyond the arc, with 4:21 to play the U.S. held an insurmountable 18-1 lead. Hicks scored five of his team’s seven points in a 7-2 Polish spurt, but it was too little, too late as Hummel buried a 2 with 2:49 on the clock, the sixth-fastest game in the tournament, to give the USA its 22-8 semifinal victory.

Barry led the U.S. against Poland with seven points, Huffman and Hummel each scored six points and Maddox contributed three points.

The USA outrebounded Poland 14-6 and shot 65% (13-20 FGs) from the field and a sizzling 60% (9-15 2pt FGs) from behind the arc, while holding the Europeans to 25% (6-24 FGs) shooting overall.

Latvia scored first in the gold medal game and led 2-1 after 2:33 of play. Huffman, who finished with a game-high eight points, drained a pair of 2s to give the U.S. a lead it would never relinquish. Latvia closed to 5-3, but Maddox netted three points in a 4-0 run to up the USA’s lead to six, 9-3. But the teams continued to battle and an open dunk by Lasmanis with 3:46 to play pulled his side to within three points, 12-9. The Americans pushed their lead to 16-11 with 1:21 left on the clock, but Latvia countered with a 2 11 seconds later and it was again a 3-point game.

Neither team was able to score over the next minute and after Hummel missed a long ball with the shot clock expiring, Maddox was there for the rebound and passed it back to Hummel. Having no choice but to foul and stop the clock, Latvia sent Hummel to the line. He calmly swished in the USA’s final two points with 11.4 seconds remaining and the gold medal virtually in hand. With six fouls against them, the Americans allowed Latvia an easy path to the basket for the final point of the game and came away with the 18-14 golden victory.

“It was a team deal,” said Hummel. “Everybody contributed so much. Kareem in the final was the man on the boards, Damon made some big-time shots and Canyon played better and better as the tournament went on. This is a guy who’s been playing 3x3 for about three weeks. So, he really grew and showed what he can be. He was outstanding. But it was just an awesome team win for all of us.”

In addition to Huffman, who hit 3-of-5 from 2-point, Maddox scored five points and hauled in a game-best seven rebounds, Hummel had four points and five boards and Barry chipped in one point.

The USA held Latvia to just 31% (9-29 FGs) shooting from the field and a frigid 17.6% (3-17 2pt FGs) from 2-point, while hitting 40% (10-25 FGs) of its shots from the floor and 30.8% (4-13 2pt FGs) from 2-point.



  6 Canyon Barry G 6-6 210 25 Iowa Wolves/Florida Colorado Springs, CO
  5 Damon Huffman G 6-1 180 34 Brown University Petoskey, MI
  7 Robbie Hummel F 6-8 220 30 Purdue University Valparaiso, IN
  9 Kareem Maddox F 6-8 220 29 Princeton University Los Angeles, CA


NAME   G  
  31/ 4.4
  46/ 6.6
  12/ 1.7
  39/ 5.6
  12/ 1.7
  32/ 4.6
  42/ 6.0
  24/ 3.4

USA   7   97/13.9
141/20.1    20
OPP.   7   75/10.7
77/11.0    14



Shoot-Out Final:
Gold Medal: Edgars Krumins (LAT)
Silver Medal: Stanislav Tymofeienko (UKR)
Bronze Medal: Marcella Filippi (ITA)

Dunk Contest:
Gold Medal:  Vadim 'Miller' Poddubchenko (UKR)
Silver Medal:  Piotr Grabowski (POL)
Bronze Medal:  Kristaps Dargais (LAT)

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