Erin Boley’s Quick Transition to 3x3
Two weeks after she was notified that she will compete for USA Basketball at the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship, 6-foot-2, forward/guard Erin Boley (Elizabethtown H.S./Hodgenville, Ky.) returned to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for a few days, before departing for Europe and the FIBA 3x3 U18 Worlds.
The MVP of the 2015 USA Basketball U18 3x3 National Team Tournament, where she played with the Southern Starz, which finished second, replaced Asia Durr (St. Pius X Catholic H.S./Douglasville, Ga.) after Durr endured a muscle injury.
“It was really exciting,” said Boley “I was at home. Travis (Johnson, USA Basketball 3x3 program director) called my dad, who told me. Both of my parents were really excited. It was really unexpected. I was honored that they chose me. “
Playing on the winning Defend team were Kristine Angwine (Desert Vista H.S./Phoeniz, Ariz.), Natalie Chou (Plano West Senior H.S./Plano,Texas) and Arike Ogunbowale (Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S./Milwaukee, Wis.), who will join Boley in representing the USA at the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship.
“It has not hit me yet. It all seems pretty crazy honestly. This time last year I had no idea that I would be playing 3x3 come this spring, but I am glad that I am.”
In the 3x3 U18 World Championship, Boley will play according to FIBA’s 3x3 rules, which include a 10-minute game, or the first to score 21 points, whichever comes first, on a half court using a size 6 ball. With rules such as these, it is easy to see how 3x3 is much different than full-court, five-on-five basketball.
This past May at the USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Tournament, Boley got an idea of what to expect during the competition. She used that experience to prepare her for the June 4-7 tournament in Debrecen, Hungary.
“Shooting from the 3-point range,” Boley said of what she adjusted about her game. “We played in an AAU tournament last weekend where I was shooting normal college-range 3s in practice, but I was not shooting international range. When I found out (I was competing in Hungary), I started shooting more of those to get back into the groove. I started working more on my post moves, because I know I am going to have to post up a lot playing 3x3.”
Boley is participating in training camp May 29-31 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, which she said is helping to further her understanding of the game. She also said she is picking the brain of teammate Ogunbowale, who will be competing in her third 3x3 international competition.
“My knowledge of 3x3 has definitely expanded,” stated Boley. “From the first tournament to now, my knowledge of the game has definitely expanded. It has been a great experience. I have learned so many things about basketball in general, not just 3x3, so many things that I will be able to take and add to my game for five-on-five.”
After training camp, the U.S. will compete for a chance to win its fourth gold in the event after winning at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games (3x3), 2013 FIBA U18 World Championships and 2012 FIBA U18 World Championships. Overall, the red, white and blue has compiled a 41-5 record all-time in 3x3 U18 play.
Though Boley said it is not what she expected to do this summer, she is looking forward to playing for gold.
“After not winning the national tournament, I planned to play high school basketball. We have a summer season for high school basketball that goes all the way through June. That week, I was going to be playing with my high school team.
“I am really excited. I have never been (to Hungary). I think it will be a great experience.”
Watch the USA Basektball 3x3 U18 World Championship Teams live online here: http://www.fiba.com/3x3U18WC/2015