2017 USA Basketball Men’s 3x3 World Cup Team First Round Opponents Unveiled
FIBA in Nantes, France, today divided the 20 participating teams in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup for Men 2017 into four preliminary round pools, and the USA, 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Cup silver medalist, was placed into Pool D along with Indonesia, Netherlands, New Zealand and South Korea. The 3x3 World Cup 2017 will take place June 17-21 in Nantes. The automatic seeding and placement of teams was determined by each nation’s FIBA 3x3 world ranking.
Placed into Pool A were Andorra, Egypt, Puerto Rico, Russia and defending champion Serbia; Pool B features El Salvador, host France, Philippines, Romania and 2016 bronze medalist Slovenia; while Pool C includes Estonia, Poland, Qatar, Sri Lanka and Ukraine.
The top two finishing teams in each pool will advance to the medal quarterfinals and winners will advance through to the semifinals, followed by the gold and bronze medal games.
The USA Men’s 3x3 World Cup Team 2017 will be announced following the 2017 USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament for Men, which is scheduled to be held April 8-9 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Athletes who advance to represent USA Basketball in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup for Men 2017 must be U.S. citizens.
The 2017 USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament for Men 12-team field is nearly complete and include: Ariel Slow & Steady, which received an invitation from USA Basketball as a past champion and features Zahir Carrington (Philadelphia, Pa.), Damon Huffman (Petoskey, Mich.), Daniel Mavraides (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Craig Moore (Doylestown, Pa.). Bliss, winners of SW Select (Texas) includes David Lapanne (Rochester, N.H.), Austin Madison (Columbia, S.C.), Jacquet Wells (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Steven Winters (El Paso, Texas); Crowe, which earned the ONG Hoopla (Ore.) title, includes Cody Crowe (Grants Pass, Ore.), Jeremiah Harris (Portland, Ore.), Adrian Lewis (Turlock, Calif.) and Trent Roos (Salem, Ore.); the Denver team is comprised of Corey Campbell (Denver, Colo.), Marcus King-Stockton (Denver, Colo.), Paris Kyles (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and Gary Sugar (Denver, Colo.); Des Moines Lions Club 3x3 participants Andre Frazier (Los Angeles, Calif.), Teyontae Jenkins (Des Moines, Iowa), Galat Toang (Des Moines, Iowa) and Jontay Williams (Des Moines, Iowa); Hard2Guard Elite qualified out of the Hard2Guard (Fla.) tournament and is comprised of Christopher Kolaxis (Chicago, Ill.), Charlie Lytle (New York, N.Y.), Michael Lytle (Clearwater, Fla.) and Ben Patrick (Clearwater, Fla.); Harlem, winners of the Dew NBA 3X (Calif.) features Solomon Bamiro (Bronx, N.Y.), Nathan Flowers (Waldorf, Md.), Dominique Jones (Harlem, N.Y.) and 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Cup silver medalist Kavon Lytch (Brooklyn, N.Y.); advancing from Metropath Sports (N.Y.) is NYC, which includes Marcel Esonwune (Queens, N.Y.), Jamaal Womack (Bronx, N.Y.) and at least one additional teammate to be named. Select Imports received an at-large invitation based on the team’s FIBA 3x3 ranking, and is comprised of Eric Coleman (Owensboro, Ky.), Brensley Haywood (Joliet, Ill.), Kurtis Koenig (Waconia, Minn.) and Michael Linklater (Saskatoon, Canada); and advancing out of Hooping for a Cure (Fla.) is TNT, which includes Spenser Mitchell (Orlando, Fla.), Nick Trapp (Orlando, Fla.), Gerrod Trytten (Orlando, Fla.) and Alfredo Williams (Orlando, Fla.).
Two teams from 3BALL (Ill.) have yet to announce participating athletes.
Teams with fewer than four athletes may increase their roster to the maximum of four competitors at any time prior to the tournament. All rosters must be finalized by April 7.
This year will mark the sixth annual USA 3x3 National Tournament, which was first held in 2012. Last year’s champions in the men’s tournament, 3Ball Premier, made history at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup after capturing the silver medal – marking the USA’s first medal of any kind at the men’s tournament.
The USA has an overall record of 13-7 in the three prior FIBA 3x3 World Cups, which was launched in 2012 as a biennial event and will now be held every summer.
In addition to the 3x3 tournament, FIBA also awards medals in individual skills contests. While the USA has only recently captured its first team medal, members of the past three USA 3x3 World Cup teams have had success in the dunk contests. Adetayo Adesanya (Naperville, Ill.) took home silver in 2012, Demetrius Miller (Flint, Mich.) was awarded the 2014 bronze medal and Alfonzo McKinnie (Chicago, Ill.) captured the 2016 dunk contest silver medal.