2019 USA Basketball Men’s 3x3 National Championship Participants Announced
Rosters for the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s 3x3 National Championship, which will be held May 3-4 in Las Vegas, are nearly complete and include defending champion Ariel Slow & Steady, 11 teams that qualified out of 3x3 tournaments over the past year and three teams that will be comprised of athletes invited to attend a two-day minicamp prior to the USA Men’s 3x3 Nationals.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held for the first time outdoors at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. The USA 3x3 Nationals will tip-off with preliminary games from 3-10:30 p.m. (all times listed are local, PDT) on Friday, May 3. The preliminary round will continue from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on May 4, and, after teams are seeded based on preliminary records, the knockout round will begin Saturday at 5:40 p.m. The men’s championship game, which will be streamed live online at usab.com/live, is set to tip at 10:20 p.m.
Rosters, which can be found online here, have been submitted to USA Basketball and teams have until May 2 to finalize their squads.
In addition to the lure of a national championship, the event also will serve as the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s 3x3 National Team trials, as all eligible athletes will be in consideration for selection to the 2019 USA Men’s 3x3 World Cup and 2019 USA Men’s 2019 U.S. Pan American Games 3x3 Basketball teams.
Arriving in Las Vegas for a May 1-2 minicamp are athletes who submitted applications and were accepted by USA Basketball to take part in the 3x3 Nationals. Athletes attending the USA Basketball 3x3 minicamp are: Canyon Barry (Iowa Wolves/Colorado Springs, Colo.); Taylor Braun (South Bay Lakers/Newberg, Ore.); Pe’Shon Howard (Capital City Go-Go/Los Angeles, Calif.); Sheldon Jeter (Maine Red Claws/Beaver Falls, Pa.); Jaylen Johnson (Iowa Wolves/Ypsilanti, Mich.); Leland King (UCSB/Inglewood, Calif.); Sanjay Lumpkin (Erie BayHawks/Minneapolis, Minn.); Jon Octeus (Windy City Bulls/ Miami, Fla.); Taaj Ridley (Iona College/Bronx, N.Y.); Maverick Rowan (Maine Red Claws/ Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); Xavier Silas (Iowa Wolves/Aurora, Colo.); Devin Sweetney (Washington, D.C.); and Briante Weber (Sioux Falls Skyforce/Norfolk, Va.). All but Braun, who is injured, will be divided into three teams for the USA 3x3 Nationals following the minicamp.
Returning to defend their crown at the USA Basketball 3x3 Nationals on Ariel Slow & Steady are Robbie Hummel (Purdue/Valparaiso, Ind.); Damon Huffman (Brown/Seattle, Wash.); Kareem Maddox (Princeton/Los Angeles, Calif.); and Dan Mavraides (Princeton/Los Angeles, Calif.).
The 11 teams that won their respective 3x3 qualifying tournaments include 3BALL California, 3BALL Minnesota, 3BALL NY Harlem and 3BALL Olympic Club from the 3BALL qualifying series; 3x3U MAC and 3x3U Southland from the 3x3U National Championships; Ariel NYAC from the Nike 3ON3 tournament; HOOPLA from the HOOPLA National Qualifier; NYC from the Metropath 3x3 tournament; Roots Academy from the Washington 3x3 State Championships; and WAC from the WAC 3x3 National Qualifier.
3BALL California features Olin Carter III (San Diego/Allen, Texas); Henry Caruso (Princeton, Santa Clara/Burlingame, Calif.); Frankie Ferrari (San Francisco/Burlingame, Calif.); and Josh Sharma (Stanford /Lexington, Mass.).
3BALL Minnesota’s roster is comprised of Brensley Haywood (St. Mary’s University of Minnesota/ Joliet, Ill.); Joey King (Minnesota/Chanhassen, Minn.); Paris Kyles (Minnesota State/Brooklyn Park, Minn.); and Jamel Staten (Minnesota State Mankato/Minneapolis, Minn.).
3BALL NY Harlem lists Marcel Esonwune (York College/Astoria, N.Y.); Dominique Jones (Fort Hays State University/Harlem, N.Y.); Antoinne Morgano (NJ City University/Newark, N.J.); and Dave Seagers (Dowling College/ Bronx, N.Y.) on its roster.
3BALL Olympic Club’s team includes Joe Harden (Notre Dame, UC Davis/Stockton, Calif.); Austin Morgan (Yale /Reno, Nev.); Jeff Powers (UC Berkeley/Clayton, Calif.); and Ari Warmerdam (UC Davis/San Francisco, Calif.).
3X3U MAC features Larry Austin Jr. (Central Michigan/Springfield, Ill.); Tayler Persons (Ball State /Kokomo, Ind.);
Jaelan Sanford (Toledo/Evansville, Ind.); and Jaylin Walker (Kent State/Inkster, Mich.).
3X3U Southland is comprised of Shannon Bogues (Stephen F. Austin/Killeen, Texas); Cameron DeLaney (Sam Houston State /Harker Heights, Texas); Moses Greenwood (Southeastern Louisiana/Canton, Miss.); and Jaren Lewis (Abilene Christian /Abilene, Texas).
Ariel NYAC features Nate Brown (Saint Peters/Bronx, N.Y.); Pawel Buzcak (Princeton/Brooklyn, N.Y.); Zahir Carrington (Lehigh/Philadelphia, Pa.); and Craig Moore (Northwestern/Doylestown, Pa.).
HOOPLA’s team is Vince Boumann (Western Oregon/McMinnville, Ore.); Joseph Brooks (Contra Costa College/Newberg, Ore.); Chuka Mekkam (Vincennes/Beaverton, Ore.); and Michael Smith (California Baptist/San Francisco, Calif.).
NYC is represented by Tyquan Brown (UC Riverside/Bronx, N.Y.); Robert Hines (St Francis College/Trenton, N.J.); Avery Jirmnson (Garden City C.C./New York, N.Y.); and Michael Liander (Queens College/Elmhurst, N.Y.).
Roots Academy lists Kelly Golob (Northern Arizona/Olympia, Wash.); Ryan McDade (Northern Arizona/Seattle, Wash.); Kyle Randall (Central Michigan/Kelso, Wash.); and Josh Wilson (Northern Arizona /Longview, Wash.) on its roster.
WAC includes Mitch Brewe (UC Santa Barbara/Seattle, Wash.); Michael Knight (Seattle University/ Seattle, Wash.); George Valle (Whitworth University/ Bellevue, Wash.); Michael Weisner (Montana/Walla Walla, Wash.); and one athlete to be determined.
Olympic fans will see the launch of a new basketball discipline with the inclusion of 3x3 in 2020. The exciting and fast-paced game officially was unveiled in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and has since become a fan favorite at FIBA 3x3 World Cup events. Played on a half court with a 10-minute clock, and a 12-second shot clock, the first team to 21 points, or the team in the lead at the end of regulation, is the winner. The non-stop action of 3x3 will ensure it is one of the hottest tickets in Tokyo, and fans in Las Vegas will get an early taste of that excitement during the USA Basketball 3x3 Nationals.
Held annually since 2012, this year marks the eighth edition of the USA Basketball 3x3 National Championships, and the first time the nationals will be held outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado.