USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournaments Set To Tip-Off August 27
Over 70 players are expected in Colorado Springs, Colo., August 26-28 to participate in the 5th annual USA Basketball Men’s and Women’s 3x3 National Tournaments.
On the line, in addition to the USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament titles, are men’s and women’s team berths as the USA’s representatives at the 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championship that is being held Oct. 11-15 in Guangzhou, China.
On the men’s side, 12 teams are expected to compete for the 2016 USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament title. The competition format will feature the 12 teams split into two preliminary round groups. The top four teams from each preliminary round group will advance into Sunday’s quarterfinals round.
The women’s format will feature six 3x3 teams. Each squad will play the other five teams in the group in a round-robin schedule on Saturday. All six teams advance into Sunday’s medal round, with the third through sixth place group finishers meeting in the quarterfinals, and the winners advancing to meet the women’s No. 1 and No. 2 seeded teams in the semis.
Among the women’s teams competing for the 2016 crown and FIBA World Championship invite is the Unknowns. Comprised of Chrissy Given (Monroe, La.), Angela Goodman (Wardell, Mo.), Shamela Hampton (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Veshaundra Young (Pulaski, Tenn.), the Unknowns captured the USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament title in 2015, finishing 7-1 overall and defeating Zagbabes 20-10 in the gold medal game.
Over on the men’s side, Team Denver, consisting of Corey Campbell (San Diego, Calif.), Derek Griffin (Denver, Colo.), Marcus King-Stockton (Denver, Colo.) and Gary Sugar (Denver, Colo.), finished undefeated (8-0) after edging Prime 20-18 in the gold medal contest.
Team Denver returns in 2016 with three-fourths of its roster from 2015. Campbell, Griffin and Stockton are back, while Lucian Pesoli replaces Sugar.
Also back for another shot at the title are members of Hard 2 Guard, third place finishers in 2015, and Ariel, fourth place finishers in last year's championship.
Craig Moore and Jitim Young, who were part of the Ariel team that won the 2014 USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament and went on to represent the United States in the 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championship, both scored over 1,000 career points while playing for Northwestern University.
Among other notable 2016 participants on the men’s side is DeAndre Liggins, a second round selection by the Orlando Magic in 2011. The Chicago, native played at Findlay Prep (NV) before playing three years at the University of Kentucky.
Another former NCAA Division I athlete looking to lead his team to the title is Myke Henry, who will team up with Liggins on 3BALL Chicago Premier. Henry began his collegiate career at the University of Illinois, before transferring to DePaul University for his last two seasons of eligibility, where he averaged 12.8 ppg. over 63 games for the Blue Demons.
2016 FIBA 3X3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
The 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championships will feature a total of 40 teams from 30 different countries and every continent in Guangzhou, China. It is the first time the competition is being held in Asia after being staged in Athens, Greece in 2012 and Moscow, Russia in 2014.
Held every other year in even numbered years, the USA women won both prior championships, while Qatar’s men struck gold in 2014 and the U.S. men are seeking their first medal.
National squads participating in the men’s competition are: Andorra, Brazil, host China, Egypt, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, USA and Uruguay.
Nations qualified on the women’s side include: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, host China, Chinese Taipei, Cook Islands, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Spain, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and USA.
The USA 3x3 Women’s World Championship teams have compiled a perfect 18-0 overall record and captured gold at both the 2012 and 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championships.
Sending a team in 2014 that was comprised of standout collegians Cierra Burdick (Tennessee/Charlotte, N.C.), Sara Hammond (Louisville/Mt. Vernon, Ky.), Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame/Lincolnwood, Ill.) and Tiffany Mitchell (South Carolina/Charlotte, N.C.), the USA posted a 15-8 win over host Russia in the gold medal game to capture a second-straight FIBA 3x3 World Championship title with an unblemished 9-0 record.
At the inaugural 2012 FIBA 3x3 World Championship that was held in Athens, the USA women’s team, which featured four players who played or would go on to play in the WNBA, included Skylar Diggins (University of Notre Dame/South Bend, Ind.), Bria Hartley (University of Connecticut/North Babylon, N.Y.), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford University/Cypress, Texas) and Ann Strother (Castle Rock, Colo.). The USA breezed to a 7-0 record in its early games, defeated eventual bronze medalist Australia 19-18 in the medal round semifinals, then came from behind to capture gold with a 17-16 victory over unbeaten France in the gold medal game and finish a perfect 9-0.
In 2014, the USA 3x3 Men’s World Championship Team, made up of Mack Darrow, Demetrius Miller, Moore and Young, was eliminated by Serbia 19-15 in a tightly contested game in the round of 16 and finished in 14th place after compiling a 2-4 record.
For the inaugural FIBA 3x3 World Championship in 2012, Adetayo Adesanya, Ira Brown, Tyree Hardge and Allen DuBois Williams, represented the United States. Playing for Desert Pro-Am, the squad won the 2012 USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament with an 8-0 record. Competing in the FIBA 3x3 World Championship, the U.S. got out to a 4-0 start, won its round of 16 game versus Bulgaria, but dropped a 20-16 heartbreaker to Serbia in quarterfinals action and were eliminated from the competition with a 5-2 record and finished in seventh place.
USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament Champions
Year Men Women
2015 Denver Unknowns
2014 Ariel Takeover
2013 Denver FST-L.I.
2012 Desert Pro-Am Team 3