2019 USA Basketball Men’s 3x3 World Cup Team Finalized
Featuring four athletes who competed in the 2019 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals, including tournament MVP Robbie Hummel (Purdue/Valparaiso, Ind.), the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s 3x3 World Cup Team has been finalized. In addition to Hummel, the team includes his Ariel Slow & Steady teammate Kareem Maddox (Princeton/Los Angeles, Calif.), who helped his team capture gold at the 3x3 Nationals, and is further bolstered by Canyon Barry (Iowa Wolves/Florida/Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Briante Weber (Sioux Falls Skyforce/VCU/Norfolk, Va.).
The foursome will chase an elusive first gold medal for the USA at the 2019 FIBA 3x3 World Cup, June 18-23 in Amsterdam. In addition to host Netherlands and reigning champion Serbia, nations qualified to compete in the 2019 FIBA 3x3 World Cup for Men are: Australia, Brazil, China, Estonia, France, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Poland, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Slovenia, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States.
The USA will play two preliminary games on June 19 and two more June 21. The team opens against four-time defending champion Serbia (10:55 a.m. EDT) followed by Turkey (2:30 p.m. EDT). After a day of rest, the U.S. will face South Korea (10:55 a.m.) and close out preliminary play versus host Netherlands (1:30 p.m. EDT).
Following conclusion of pool play, teams will be seeded based on their records, and the top two teams from each of the four pools advance to the June 22 quarterfinals. Winners will advance to the June 23 semifinals, and the gold and bronze medal games will be played later that day.
Barry’s first official foray into 3x3 basketball was at the 2019 event in Las Vegas. Prior to that, the 2017 Southeastern Conference Sixth Man of the Year participated in the 2013 USA U19 World Cup Team trials for five-on-five. Barry competed for the NBA G League Iowa Wolves in 2018-19, where he started 24 of 42 games played and averaged 10.1 points per game. He competed in the 2017 NBA Summer League for the New York Knicks and is on target to play in this year’s NBA Summer League with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Additionally, Barry, who graduated from Florida two days after the 2019 USA 3x3 Nationals with a master’s in nuclear engineering, has played professionally in China, Czech Republic and Finland.
“It’s an honor to be able to represent my country and play for the USA in the 3x3 World Cup,” said Barry, the son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry. “I’m really excited to play with Robbie and Kareem, I know Briante and I have a lot to learn from them, since they’re kind of seasoned vets. We’re going to do our best to help the U.S. try to qualify for Tokyo in 2020.
“I remember spending a lot of time as little kid running around the USA gyms,” added Barry, whose mother, Lynn, worked for USA Basketball from 1985-1996. “And I was able to try out for the U19 team back when I was a freshman in college. So, it feels great to still be a part of the USA Basketball family and be able to represent my country.”
Hummel, a two-time Associated Press All-America honorable mention at Purdue who played two seasons (2013-2015) and a total of 98 NBA regular season games with the NBA Minnesota Timberwolves, boasts the most USA Basketball experience, having earned a bronze medal at the 2009 World University Games in five-on-five action. He also has competed in the past two USA 3x3 Nationals. Since 2018, Hummel has played 34 games on the FIBA 3x3 World Tour and qualifying events, including a sixth-place finish at the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Tour Finals. He currently ranks No. 46 in the world and fifth in the USA in FIBA 3x3 rankings (as of 5/14/19). Next up for Hummel in 3x3 action is the Novi Sad Challenger in Serbia from May 24-25.
“It’s such an honor to put the USA jersey back on,” said Hummel. “Ten years ago, playing in the World University Games with USA Basketball was one of the best basketball experiences of my career. I’m looking forward to competing at the international level again and look forward to the challenge of bringing home a gold medal from the 3x3 World Cup.”
Maddox, the 2011 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year at Princeton, has the most FIBA 3x3 experience on the team with 59 games in official 3x3 competition and currently ranks No. 49 in the world rankings and seventh in the USA (as of 5/14/19). He competed in the 2015 USA 3x3 National Championship, was MVP of the 2018 USA 3x3 National Championship, played in three FIBA 3x3 tournaments in 2017, seven in 2018 and competed in the 2019 Nanjing Challenger in China.
“Being on the USA 3x3 World Cup Team is a privilege and an incredible honor,” said Maddox. “I was in the stadium when Michael Johnson broke the 200-meter record at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Ever since then, it's been a dream of mine to compete in the Olympics. So, taking this step and representing the USA in the 3x3 World Cup this year is a responsibility I'm taking very seriously. With the Olympics looming, representing the country well and winning in Amsterdam would be a huge step for the USA on our road to the Tokyo 2020 games.”
Weber, who also is a newcomer to FIBA 3x3, most recently competed for the NBA G League Sioux Falls Skyforce. He played 45 NBA games with five teams, including the Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Hornets and Houston Rockets, and played a portion of the 2018-19 season in Greece. During his college career at VCU, Weber was a three-time Atlantic-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year and as a senior was 12 steals shy of the all-time NCAA Division I steals record when he tore his ACL and MCL on Jan. 31, 2015.
“First I want to say I am extremely honored to be able to represent my country,” said Weber. “That’s a major accomplishment for me because it is something I always wanted to do - I wanted to wear that logo across my chest. For me to be chosen to compete for a medal is another honor. This opportunity is one in a million. I am more than appreciative and excited to go out and play for the USA in this great sport.”
The team was selected by the USA Basketball 3x3 National Team Selection Committee, which is comprised of USA Basketball Women’s National Team director Carol Callan, USA Basketball Youth & Sport Development director Jay Demings, USA Basketball Men’s National Team assistant director Samson Kayode, 2008 Olympic gold medalist and USA 3x3 team consultant Kara Lawson and 1997 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year Mo McHone, who has served on numerous USA Basketball coaching staffs from 1998-2018 and has coached in the NBA, NBA G League, Continental Basketball Association (CBA) and internationally in South Korea.
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.
About the FIBA 3x3 World Cup
The sixth FIBA 3x3 World Cup, an event launched in 2012 and originally scheduled to be held every other year, is now an annual event that will feature 20 men's teams and 20 women's teams in 2019. In addition to the men’s and women’s 3x3 tournaments, included in the 2019 3x3 World Cup program will be skills contests, giving athletes chances to win additional medals.
The USA men 3x3 teams have compiled a 16-9 overall record in four 3x3 World Cups and claimed the silver medal, its first podium finish, at the 2016 3x3 Worlds.