2019 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championships Set to Tip April 13
The 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams that will compete April 13-14 in the 2019 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championships at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, have been finalized. The event, which is free and open to the public, features 19 athletes who have played in past USA 3x3 U18 Nationals, 29 who have taken part in a prior USA Basketball five-on-five trials or training camp, and seven who have won gold medals internationally with USA Basketball.
The 24 teams originally were announced on April 4. However, teams had until today to make any changes, and six squads have submitted updated rosters.
The USA 3x3 U18 Nationals will feature men’s and women’s teams competing for their respective 3x3 U18 national titles. In addition to the lure of a national championship, the event also will serve as the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s and Women’s 3x3 U18 National Team trials, as all competing athletes will be in consideration for selection to the men’s and women’s 2019 USA 3x3 U18 World Cup Teams.
The USA 3x3 U18 Nationals will tip-off the morning of Saturday, April 13, with preliminary round games held at the USOTC in Sports Center 2. After teams are seeded based on preliminary records, the knockout rounds will begin Sunday morning in Sports Center 1. The men’s (1 p.m. MDT) and women’s (1:20 p.m. MDT) championship games will be streamed live online at usab.com/live.
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 since has 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 will get an early taste of that excitement during the USA Basketball 3x3 U18 Nationals.
Participating teams earned their spots in the 2019 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championships either through a 3x3 qualifying tournament or via an invitation from USA Basketball.
The event has been annually in Colorado Springs, Colorado, since 2012 for men and 2013 for women.
All 12 men’s teams are confirmed, with five submitting updates. The athletes on the 12 teams represent 11 states. Pennsylvania will be represented by 11 athletes, Illinois lists nine and Colorado is represented by eight athletes. Also represented are Florida with five; Washington with four; Oregon with three; Minnesota and Ohio have two each; and California, North Carolina and Virginia are each represented by one athlete.
Playing for Attack are Devin Askew (Mater Dei H.S./Los Angeles, Calif.); Dawson Garcia (Prior Lake H.S./Prior Lake, Minn.); Nimari Burnett (Prolific Prep/Chicago, Ill.); and Ethan Morton (Butler H.S./Butler, Pa.).
Hard 2 Guard’s previously announced duo of Richard Picot (Clearwater, Fla.) and Alex Vitucci (Countryside H.S./Clearwater, Fla.) are joined in Colorado Springs by Dequarious Boles (Edgewater H.S./Orlando, Fla.) and Shakur Tupac Poteat (Edgewater H.S./Orlando, Fla.).
Love Academy now features four athletes from Colorado’s Green Mountain High School, Jason Luzayadio (Lakewood, Colo.), Austin Peterson (Denver, Colo.), Blake Schell (Lakewood, Colo.) and Matthew Schlieper (Lakewood, Colo.).
PLUTO added Dayne Prim (Grandview H.S..Aurora, Colo.) to the previously announced team of Noah Baca (Lewis-Palmer H.S./Monument, Colo.); Rhaven Brown (Falcon H.S./Falcon, Colo.); and Zion Ruckard (Eaglecrest H.S./Aurora, Colo.).
Pursuit is now comprised of Dudley Blackwell (Huntington Prep/Miramar, Fla.); Kendall Brown (East Ridge H.S./Cottage Grove, Minn.); Henry Coleman III (Trinity Episcopal School/Richmond, Va.); and Carson McCorkle (Greensboro Day School/Greensboro, N.C.).
The 12 women’s teams, one of which features an updated roster, represent 22 states, with Colorado and Pennsylvania represented by the most with eight athletes apiece. Texas has six athletes, and New York is represented by three athletes. Also represented are Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia with two each; and Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington each are represented by one athlete.
The only update to the previously announces women’s squads was to Her-ricanes, which added KK Bransford (Mount Notre Dame H.S./Cincinnati, Ohio); who joins Amari DeBerry (Williamsville South H.S./Williamsville, N.Y.); Azzi Fudd (St. Johns College H.S. (DC)/Arlington, Va.); and Ayanna Patterson (Homestead H.S./Ft. Wayne, Ind.).
Complete rosters for both tournaments can be found HERE.
USA Men’s 3x3 U18 National Championship Notes
- Blackwell (2018), Djuric (2018), Gombs (2018), McCorkle (2018), Molloy (2017, 2018), Mulvaney (2018) and Prim (2018) have competed in past USA 3x3 U18 National Championships.
- Blackwell and McCorkle were members of the 2018 U.S. Youth Olympic Games 3x3 Basketball Team that finished in 10th place.
- Askew, Burnett and Morton participated in the 2019 USA Junior National Team minicamp at the NCAA Next Generation event at the NCAA Men’s Final Four.
- Blackwell (2016, 2017), McCorkle (2016) and Morton (2017, 2018) have participated in a five-on-five USA Basketball team training camp.
USA Women’s 3x3 U18 National Championship Notes
- Beers (2018), Belibi (2017), Brunelle (2018), Bueckers (2018), Fudd (2018), Lewandowski (2017), Merritt (2018), Moore (2018), Siebert (2018), Van Gytenbeek (2017, 2018), Van Lith (2018) and Vansickle (2017, 2018) have competed in past USA 3x3 U18 National Championships.
- Brunelle, Bueckers and Van Lith won gold as members of the 2018 U.S. Youth Olympic Games 3x3 Basketball Team.
- Belibi, Brink, Brunelle, Bueckers, Fudd, Jones and Van Lith earned gold medals with the 2018 USA U17 World Cup Team.
- Belibi, Brunelle, Bueckers and Fudd were members of the 2017 USA U16 National Team that claimed gold.
- Brunelle earned a bronze medal with the 2016 USA U17 World Cup Team.
- Brunelle, Bueckers, Van Lith and Jones participated in the 2019 NCAA Next Generation at the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four.
- In addition to those who earned spots on USA Basketball teams, DeBerry (2018 U17), Goforth (2017 U16, 2018 U17), Hayes (2018 U17), Treasure Hunt (2017 U16, 2018 U17), Hunter (2018 U17), Jackson (2017 U16, 2018 U17), Johnson (2018 U17), Kampschroeder (2017 U16, 2018 U17), Martino (2017 U16), Merritt (2017 U16), Miller (2017 U16, 2018 U17), Moore (2018 U17), Poole (2018 U17), Spear (2017 U16, 2018 U17), Van Gytenbeek (2017 U16, 2018 U17), Vantimmeren (2017 U16, 2018 U17) and Verhulst (2018 U17) have participated in a five-on-five USA Basketball team trials.