Rosters Finalized Ahead of Red Bull USA Basketball 3x3 Nationals
Rosters for the 2019 Red Bull USA Basketball Men’s and Women’s 3x3 Nationals have been finalized ahead of the two-day event that tips-off today at 3 p.m. (all times listed are local, PDT) at the Las Vegas Downtown Events Center.
The rosters, which can be downloaded here, originally were announced on April 29. However, teams had until May 3 to make any changes, and one squad submitted an updated roster. Further, USA Basketball held a minicamp with eight women and 12 men, and those 20 athletes have been placed on four-member teams for the Red Bull USA Basketball 3x3 Nationals.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held for the first time outdoors in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. The Red Bull USA 3x3 Nationals will tip-off with preliminary games from 3-10:30 p.m. 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 championship games, which will be streamed live online at usab.com/live, are set to at 10 p.m. for the women and 10:20 p.m. for the men.
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 National Team trials, as all eligible athletes will be in consideration for selection to the 2019 USA Men’s 3x3 World Cup Team and 2019 U.S. Pan American Games 3x3 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams.
HOOPLA, which features Vince Boumann (Western Oregon/McMinnville, Ore.); Joseph Brooks (Contra Costa College/Newberg, Ore.); and Michael Smith (California Baptist/San Francisco, Calif.); replaced Chuka Mekkam (Vincennes/Beaverton, Ore.) with Grant Vermeer (U.S. Naval Academy/Mt. View, Calif.).
In the men’s tournament, the three teams that emerged from the minicamp are Attack, Pursuit and Quest. On the women’s side, the two teams are Defend and Drive.
Competing for Attack are Sanjay Lumpkin (Erie BayHawks/Minneapolis, Minn.); Jon Octeus (Windy City Bulls/ Miami, Fla.); Taaj Ridley (Iona College/Bronx, N.Y.) and Maverick Rowan (Maine Red Claws/ Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).
Pursuit includes Kadeem Jack (Rutgers/Queens, N.Y.), a late addition after Jaylen Johnson (Iowa Wolves/Ypsilanti, Mich.) withdrew; Sheldon Jeter (Maine Red Claws/Beaver Falls, Pa.); Xavier Silas (Iowa Wolves/Aurora, Colo.); and Briante Weber (Sioux Falls Skyforce/Norfolk, Va.).
Quest’s roster features Canyon Barry (Iowa Wolves/Colorado Springs, Colo.); Pe’Shon Howard (Capital City Go-Go/Los Angeles, Calif.); Leland King (UCSB/Inglewood, Calif.) and Devin Sweetney (Washington, D.C.).
Defend is made up of Bella Alarie (Princeton/Bethesda, Md.); Aleah Goodman (Oregon State/Oregon City, Ore.); Jordan Lewis (Alabama/Windermere, Fla.); and Michaela Onyenwere (UCLA/Aurora, Colo.).
Drive’s team includes Janelle Bailey (North Carolina/Charlotte, N.C.); Rebecca Hittner (Drake/Urbandale, Iowa); Rhyne Howard (Kentucky/Cleveland, Tenn.); and Destiny Slocum (Oregon State/Meridian, Idaho).
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.